Afghan-US security agreement draft ready for Loya Jirga: Karzai
By Ghanizada - Sat Nov 16 2013, 1:52 pm
Afghan president Hamid Karzai said Saturday that the draft for bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and United States has been finalized and is ready to debated in national grand council (Loya Jirga).
President Karzai told reporters that the final draft of the security agreement was worked out by Afghan and US negotiators.
Karzai also added that Afghanistan will likely refuse to sign the bilateral security agreement without the approval of the national grand council (Loya Jirga).
This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karazi said last month that he reached to an agreement on the terms of bilateral security agreement with Washington, during his meeting with US Secretary of State, John Kerry.
However, president Hamid Karzai said that the issue of immunity for US troops remained unresolved, and called for a national grand council (Loya Jirga) to debate the issue.
The national grand council (Loya Jirga) is expected to start debate on Afghan-US security deal on Thursday.
No US troops will remain in Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of international combat troops in 2014, if the government of Afghanistan and Washington failed to finalize the bilateral security agreement.