Kerry assures Afghan-US security agreement will be signed
By Ghanizada - Thu Aug 01 2013, 6:58 pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Pakistan on Thursday said that he was confident Kabul and Washington will reach to an agreement to sign the bilateral secuirty agreement, which will pave the way for the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
While speaking during a press conference with Sartan, the national security and foreing affairs advisor of Pakistan, John Kerry said, “We are progressing on bilateral security agreeemnt, and we are working on this agreement. I am personally confident that we will reach to an agreement.”
Kerry further added, “We are feeling relaxed regarding the current situation, and I expect that the agreement will be finalized in an appropriate moment.”
Afghan president Hamid Karzai suspended talks over bilateral security agreement following the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar, which Karzai believed that was a step to set up a government in exile.
The presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is directly linked to the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington, which will allow residual troops in the country to train Afghan security forces and carry out counter-insurgency operations against the al Qaeda militants.
John Kerry said, “President Barack Obama has made it clear that the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be announced in an appropriate time, and talks over security agreement is in process.”
Kerry following has meeting with prime minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to resume full participation between the two nations, with Islamabad which was harmed following the death of Osama bin Laden and US drone strikes.