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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Eklil Hakimi
Crucial negotiations on the status of U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan after the NATO withdrawal in 2014 will begin in Kabul on Thursday, the foreign ministry said Sunday.
Afghanistan's government hopes to persuade foreign countries to pledge funds that are key to keeping progress in the country on track, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday.
In a message for Memorial Day, the Afghan ambassador mourned the loss of American troops fighting to save his country from Taliban terrorists.
Osama bin Laden's death in a U.S. commando raid could shock Taliban militants, who once sheltered the al Qaeda leader, into peace talks with the Afghan government, according to Afghanistan's ambassador in Washington.
"The negotiations we just started today will be about the quantity, quality and the condition of the presence of American forces in Afghanistan after 2014," Eklil Hakimi, Afghanistan's ambassador in Washington, told reporters after the one-day meeting.
Mr. Hakimi expressed confidence that Afghans would be able to take the security lead once the international troops withdraw.