12 Jan '11, 5am

Biden says US may stay in Afghanistan after 2014

US Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Governor of Wardak province, Mohammad Halim Fidai. -- PHOTO: REUTERS KABUL (Afghanistan) - US VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden stressed on Tuesday that his country's troops could stay in Afghanistan after 2014 if Afghans want them to. Speaking on the second day of a surprise visit to the war-torn nation, Mr Biden said: 'We're not leaving if you (Afghans) don't want us to leave'. But he also emphasised that the planned handover of responsibility for security from international troops to Afghan forces in four years, agreed at a Nato summit in November, was on track. 'It's not our intention to govern or to nation-build - as President Karzai often points out, this is the responsibility of the Afghan people,' Mr Biden said. A senior White House official said Mr Biden was not announcing a change in policy, explaining: 'The vice-president was...

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