Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he hopes the United States will reconsider its stand on a security agreement it wants him to sign in the interests of bringing a lasting peace to his war-torn country.

Karzai said Saturday that the Afghan people can't endorse a deal without the U.S. agreeing to end airstrikes and raids on Afghan homes and help broker a peace process with the Taliban.

Karzai told reporters in the Indian capital of New Delhi that the Afghan people understand the consequences of defying the U.S. and that it could cost them billions of dollars.

The United States is pressing Karzai to sign the deal, which would permit a small force of American military trainers to remain in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2014.