Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Sunday said permanent US military installations in Afghanistan will not be incorporated during the preliminary stage of long term strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and Washington.

President Karzai said a general strategic pact will be signed between the two nations at the beginning and further details reflecting in depth cooperation between the two nations will be finalized a year after the agreement was signed.

Strategic Cooperation agreement between Kabul and Washington has been ongoing during the past one year with a global media reflection however the two nations have not been able to reach an agreement due to tensions which arise during the dialogues.

One of the major barriers which prevent the signing of the strategic pact is the night military operation by foreign forces in Afghanistan.

However Afghan president Hamid Karzai while speaking during a ceremony held on the occasion of Women’s Day said there have been major progressive over strategic pact talks with the United States.

President Karzai said they have reached to an agreement with Washington over prisons transfer to Afghans and they are discussing the night time military operation by US troops in Afghanistan.

According to president Karzai the strategic pact between Kabul and Washington is expected be signed ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago.

He also said the International Community has vowed to assist with providing $4.1 billion aid to Afghan National Army and continue to their cooperation until 2024.

Afghan government emphasize that the International Community should assist Afghanistan in training and equipping Afghan security forces besides assisting Afghanistan to have an economical growth until 2024.

Afghanistan has already signed strategic pacts with India, France, Italy and United Kingdom. According to Afghan officials similar long term strategic pacts will be signed with NATO and European Union.

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  • 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.