Afghanistan’s president says he has softened some of his demands on a security agreement with the United States after receiving assurances.

In an interview broadcast Wednesday by Radio Free Europe, Mr Karzai said he would sign the deal if America meets demands to not raid Afghan homes and help restart peace talks. He appears to have taken a small step back on his demand that the U.S. guarantee free and fair presidential elections on April 5 following assurances he received during a Monday meeting with U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

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