Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday balked on the signing of a U.S.-led bilateral security agreement and suggested new terms for the deal, the White House said. In a meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Karzai laid out new terms for the security agreement and "indicated he is not prepared to sign the BSA promptly," according to a White House statement. The Obama administration has insisted that not getting a signature on the deal would create doubt in the U.S.-NATO plans for leaving troops in the war-torn country. Karzai said he would rather wait until after the Afghan presidential election in April. Karzai's spokesman later said the Afghan president wanted to the U.S. to halt all military operations on civilians' homes — and return Afghan citizens held in the Guantanamo prison camp before the pact is signed.
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