(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai saw some progress on Friday, but the two were still unable to agree to a deal that would keep American troops in Afghanistan after their formal mission ends next year.
The Secretary of State made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Friday where he met with the Afghan president in hopes of striking a bargain involving the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and next year’s Afghan presidential election.
The U.S. is hoping for flexibility to conduct counter-terrorism operations, while Afghan officials are concerned about the nation’s sovereignty.
A spokesman for President Karzai said that he and Kerry will engage in a third round of talks.
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