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Afghan Defense Minister Says Karzai Will Sign Agreement

Photo by Zak Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An agreement may be close between the U.S. and Afghanistan that would allow U.S. troops to remain there after next year.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that his successor, who will be chosen in an election next year, should be the one to have the final say on the proposal. Regardless, The Guardian reports that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel -- who was in Afghanistan on Saturday -- was reassured by the Afghan defense minister that the agreement would be signed "in a timely manner."

Despite the importance of an agreement, Hagel was not expected to meet with Karzai during his time in Afghanistan.

Without an agreement, all U.S. and foreign forces would leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

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