US OPTIMISTIC ON FORGING AFGHAN SECURITY DEAL

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Pentagon on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) expressed optimism on the prospects of an eventual security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan, despite a vow by Kabul to suspend the talks. President Hamid Karzai called off the negotiations on a future US military presence in Afghanistan after 2014, saying the discussions would only resume when Taliban insurgents meet with Afghan government representatives for possible peace talks.

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