18 June 2014
Last updated at 06:00
Mr Karzai in his interview with the BBC’s Lyse Doucet was critical of President George W Bush’s ‘war on terror’
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed the possibility of al-Qaeda linked groups making a comeback.
Asked by the BBC’s Lyse Doucet in Kabul whether what was happening in Iraq could happen in Afghanistan, the president replied: “Never, not at all.”
The president said that al-Qaeda had no presence in his country.
Nato troops withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year, with some commentators predicting heightened Islamist violence similar to Iraq.
‘Continued international support’
President Karzai said that he was in regular dialogue with the Taliban – “[They] are in contact with me every day,” he said.
Every morning Hamid Karzai walks to his office in the presidential compound in Kabul, surrounded by body guards and armoured vehicles
As Mr Karzai prepares to move out of the presidential palace with his young family, his country moves towards an uncertain future, without the peace he and allies promised when they first came to power
“There is even an exchange of letters, meetings, and desire for peace.
“[But they were] not able to bring peace on their own, just like I and the Afghan people and government were unable to bring peace on their own.”
The president said that his country needed continued international support where it did not have the means to sustain itself.
But he said that the key thing when it came to the protection of Afghanistan was the work of Afghans.
Our correspondent says that the Afghan government has refused to to take up a US offer of a strategic pact with the US after 2014.
However the two men vying to succeed his as president later this year – former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani – have both said that they will sign such a deal.
That could help Afghanistan avoid some of the worst of what is happening in Iraq, our correspondent says.
Unsigned security deal – main points
Jurisdiction: US forces remaining after 2014 reportedly to receive immunity from Afghan courts
Sovereignty: In October 2013, President Karzai appeared to have secured US agreement not to carry out attacks on Afghan soil without first consulting the Afghan authorities
Security: The US said in October 2013 that it would not protect Afghanistan from external attack because it could get mired in a war with Pakistan
QA: Foreign forces in Afghanistan
The president said that he was convinced that President Bush’s “war on terror” in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks should not have been fought in Afghan villages and homes.
In an apparent reference to Pakistan, he said it should have been prosecuted in “sanctuaries beyond our borders.”
“I believe that the war on terror was not fought with honesty and not fought genuinely,” he said. “The consequences are being felt across the region.”
Mr Karzai, who has served two terms as Afghanistan’s first and only president since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001, is obliged by law to stand down after the next election.