There's a new one-week deadline for handing over control of a U.S.-run detention center near Bagram Air Base to Afghan authorities, Afghanistan's president said Sunday.
On Sunday, Hamid Karzai's office said in a statement that he had agreed to a request from U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for one week "to carry out the full handover the prison."
"President Karzai agreed with the new time request and reminded Secretary Hagel that the transfer has been delayed several times in the past and that this time, the handover should take place," the statement said.
The prison has been a sticking point between U.S. and Afghan authorities, and tensions over the facility re-emerged last week with sharp words from Karzai that the commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force called "inflammatory."
A Pentagon spokesman said that Hagel and Karzai had spoken on the phone, but he did not specify whether a deadline had been set.
"Secretary Hagel spoke with Afghan President Karzai this morning to discuss issues of shared concern, including detentions," George LIttle said in a statement Saturday. "They agreed to use the next week to conduct intensive work with a view to concluding an agreement that fully recognizes Afghan sovereignty and our mutual interests in security of the Afghan people and our respective forces."
Tensions between the NATO-led coalition forces -- especially those from the United States -- and Karzai have escalated since a bomb blast in Kabul earlier this month that killed nine people.
Karzai said afterward that there are "ongoing daily talks between Taliban, American and foreigners in Europe and in the Gulf states."
The comment effectively claimed the United States was trying to foment continued violence inside Afghanistan, and it was quickly denounced by NATO and U.S. officials.
In an e-mail sent Wednesday to his top commanders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commander of ISAF, warned of new risks of attacks due to rising tensions between NATO forces and the Afghan president, an ISAF official told CNN.