WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke by phone about a stalled security agreement that would allow the U.S. to keep troops in Afghanistan after this year.
Obama and Karzai have rarely spoken in recent months, a reflection of the White House's frustration with the Afghan leader -- who has so far refused to sign the agreement. Karzai instead wants his successor to sign the pact after elections this spring.
The White House has repeatedly said that without a security agreement, the U.S. and international allies will have to withdraw all troops after the war formally concludes at the end of this year.
The Pentagon has been pushing for the U.S. to keep up to 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
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