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Afghan presidential spokesman: Kerry, Karzai to have 3rd round of talks on troop agreement

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes off in a black hawk helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan, after arriving on an unannounced visit to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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    Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Chief of Protocol Hamid Siddiq, center, walks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, as Kerry arrives for a second meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the last troops leave at the end of 2014 may depend on whether U.S. officials like Kerry can allay Karzai's worries about sovereignty, Pakistan and the safety of Afghan citizens at the hands of Western troops. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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    Members of Afghan security forces arrive near the entrance gate of police headquarters after a suicide bomber attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Officials in Afghanistan said a suicide car bombing has killed one civilian and two police officers in the country's east. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the attack took place Saturday next to the provincial police chief's office in the capital city of Jalalabad. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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    Members of Afghan security forces arrive near the entrance gate of police headquarters after a suicide bomber attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Officials in Afghanistan said a suicide car bombing has killed one civilian and two police officers in the country's east. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the attack took place Saturday next to the provincial police chief's office in the capital city of Jalalabad. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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    Hamid Siddiq, Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Chief of Protocol, left, walks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as Kerry arrives for a second meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the last troops leave at the end of 2014 may depend on whether U.S. officials like Kerry can allay Karzai's worries about sovereignty, Pakistan and the safety of Afghan citizens at the hands of Western troops. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, second from left, walks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Presidential Palace during Kerry's unannounced stop to meet wit Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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KABUL, Afghanistan  — Afghanistan’s presidential spokesman says that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will have a third round of talks with President Hamid Karzai on a bilateral security agreement with the United States and that work remains to be done before a deal is struck.

Spokesman Aimal Faizi said some contentious issues remain to be finalized and talks may be concluded by the end of today, though that remains uncertain.

Kerry began negotiations with Karzai in the morning, the second day of talks after he arrived late Friday.

The U.S. wants a deal by the end of the month, while Karzai wants assurances over sovereignty that have deadlocked negotiations in the past year.

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