- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai took a parting shot at the United States on Tuesday, saying the White House and America’s leaders never wanted peace in Afghanistan in the first place.


“Because of its own interests,” he said, The Associated Press reported.

And he underscored that remark by adding that peace would only come to his country if both the United States and Afghanistan really wanted it, he said, AP reported.

Mr. Karzai — the only president the United States has worked with since the 2001 invasion ‚ has had a cooling relationship with the White House in recent years, due in part to ongoing U.S. drone strikes.

The remarks were his last as president. President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was just sworn in, and likely one of his first orders of business is to deal with an unsigned security agreement with the United States. Mr. Karzai left office without agreeing that a force of about 10,000 U.S. troops, advisers and trainers could stay in the country.

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