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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday blamed Pakistan for the insurgents in both countries, saying that it doesn't bring any benefits to Pakistan to continue to allow the extremists.
"The Pakistani officials should realise this, that any deal, any presence of either Afghan or Pakistani Taliban is the result of the existence of insurgents' safe havens in Pakistan," he said at a joint press conference with visiting Nato chief Andres Fogh Rasmussen in Kabul.
Karzai said that unless there was mutual and honest cooperation between the two countries to eradicate the existence of such havens, it will have a negative impact on both.
The Nato chief in his address emphasised the continued support of the alliance for Afghanistan and called the green-on-blue or insider attacks a challenge, but one which cannot destroy the relations between the Afghan and foreign forces.
"We all know that there are still challenges, they include the insider attacks. This is a threat that our forces face and so do yours, and it's a common threat and we are dealing with it together. Let me make it clear, the enemies of Afghanistan may change their tactics but they may not succeed, they may not undermine the trust we have built over the years and across this country, they will not divide us from our Afghan partners and friends and they will not divert us from our mission, our strategy and our timeline," Rasmussen said.
"The Afghan people can be proud that next year your forces will be in the lead for the security across the country, the year after that you will held presidential elections," he added.
Karzai agreed that the insider attacks would not affect the bilateral relations.
"These attacks are tragic. I don't want to talk about the reasons of these attacks, we are working together with our Nato allies on it. These attacks will not harm the timetable for withdrawal of foreign forces and our mutual respect," Karzai said.
Rasmussen reiterated the Nato aim to have a non-combat presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan after 2014 in a training and advisory role.
"As far as Nato is concerned, we have decided at the Nato summit in Chicago and decided together with the Afghan government that we are prepared to establish a training mission after 2014. So, when our Isaf mission comes to an end it will be followed by a continued presence, not a combat mission but a training mission so that we can train, assist and give advice to Afghan security forces. We are committed to continuing that cooperation with the Afghan security forces," he said.
Afghan analysts have previously told TOLOnews that the continued support of the international community in Afghanistan will save the country from the threats it may have otherwise faced after 2014 without the Nato presence.