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Afghan MP’S to review security pact with U.S.

13 Sep 2018 Rasad News Agency

kabul – A majority of lawmakers in Afghanistan’s parliament have voted to review their nation’s security agreement with the United States, including permission for permanent US military bases to remain in the country, according to reports on Wednesday.

“The idea [of a review] was put forward by some lawmakers in the Lower House on Monday and it was approved by the majority of the MPs through voting on Wednesday,” the television news outlet 1TV reported.

The agreement allowed U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan after combat mission of U.S.-led NATO force in the country ended in 2014. It also allows the U.S. to keep bases in the country.

Deputy speaker of Lower House said that the agreement has not been effective and asked the parliamentary commission of security and defense to start reviewing the pact.

Meanwhile, Hamid Karzai, a former Afghan president, who refused to sign the pact while in office, at a gathering in Kabul criticized the U.S. for what he said failure to implement its pledges.

After signing of the deal, the then U.S. had said that it would help advance “our shared interests and long-term security of Afghanistan.”

However, the security condition is worsening with more number of civilians and Afghan forces being killed.On Tuesday, a suicide attack in eastern province of Nangarhar killed 68 people and wounded 165 more.

Shah Hussain Murtazai, the president’s deputy spokesman, said that reviewing the deal would only benefit the terrorists.

The report indicated that Afghanistan’s present government continues to back a continued US presence as necessary to strengthen the nation’s security forces.


(Rasad News Agency)

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