President Ghani ratifies security agreements with US and NATO
By Khaama Press - Sun Nov 30 2014, 7:48 pm
The two security agreements were ratified both by the Lower House and Upper House of the parliament.
Following the signing of the two agreements, President Ghani said Afghanistan will enter into a new phase with the conclusion of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission by the end of this year.
President Ghani further added the international community will continue supporting Afghanistan.
He said the Afghan national security forces have considerably grown and are able to defend their soil.
The bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and United States was formally signed by US ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham and national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar on 30th September.
The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) for the NATO forces was also inked during the signing ceremony on the same day.
The agreements will pave the way for the presence of US and NATO troops to Afghanistan beyond 2014 to implement the new non-combat mission to train, advise and support Afghan national security forces.