US top general seeks Afghan troops deal by October

America`s top general says he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October, which would give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence.

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2013, 23:51 PM IST

Kabul: America`s top general says he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October, which would give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he has not been asked to prepare for a "zero option," with no American forces in the Afghanistan after 2014.

But Dempsey warns that a failure to sign a security agreement will mean that no American forces will remain in the country after the pullout date.

Talks on a deal have made little headway after President Hamid Karzai suspended negotiations following a disagreement over a Taliban political office in the Gulf state of Qatar. Dempsey spoke to reporters in Kabul today after talks with Karzai and Afghan military leaders.

PTI