110310d-001The Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) meeting, chaired by president Hamid Karzai, agreed to finalize the draft Status of Forces Agreement between the Afghan government and NATO alliance.

The decision was taken after National security advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta presented his report regarding the negotiations progress on NATO Status of Forces agreement during the NSC meeting.

According to a statement released by presidential palace media office, the National Security Council (NSC) participants agreed to hold precise talks with the NATO representatives in Kabul, and the draft agreement should be finalized as soon as possible, considering the national interest of Afghanistan.

The Status of Forces Agreement will constitute a key element of the legal framework needed for the deployment of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces after 2014.

However, the agreement will not be concluded or signed until the signature of the Bilateral Security Agreement between the Governments of Afghanistan and the United States.

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reports at the annual Munich security conference that NATO is prepared to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, if the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington, and a similar pact between the Afghan government and NATO was signed.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen warned that NATO will be prepared to withdraw everything from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, if the agreement was not signed.

Author


  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.