Updated: 05/28/2014 03:08 | By Agence France-Presse

Obama says US presence tied to Afghans signing accord

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that plans to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan next year depended on the Kabul government signing a long-delayed agreement.


Obama says US presence tied to Afghans signing accord

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on American troops in Afghanistan from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, May 27, 2014 - by Jim Watson

Obama, confirming plans for a full withdrawal by the end of 2016, said he was "hopeful" as both candidates to be Afghanistan's next president support the accord.

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