Afghanistan's Approval of the Bilateral Security Agreement and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 29, 2014
Soldiers Listen to Remarks at NATO Base in Afghanistan

On Thursday, the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) were both approved by an overwhelming majority vote in the Afghan Parliament.  On November 29, in a statement, the White House Press Secretary said:

"...We welcome the approval of these two agreements, which represent an invitation from the Afghan people to strengthen the relationship we have built over the past 13 years.  The BSA provides our military service members and civilian personnel the necessary legal framework to carry out two critical non-combat missions after 2014:  targeting the remnants of al-Qa`ida and training, advising, and assisting Afghan National Security Forces.  The NATO SOFA gives forces from Allied and partner countries the legal protections necessary to carry out the NATO Resolute Support mission when the ISAF mission comes to an end later this year.

"The timely approval of these agreements is a great credit to the newly formed government of national unity and follows a historic Afghan election that ushered in the first peaceful democratic transfer of power in the nation’s history.  We applaud President Ghani and CEO Abdullah’s tireless efforts to form a representative, inclusive, and smoothly functioning government and look forward to a renewed partnership that will help advance our shared interests and the enduring security of Afghanistan.

"The BSA fully implements the Strategic Partnership Agreement that our two governments signed in May 2012 and enables our long-term cooperation to promote the security, stability, and unity of Afghanistan.  This also contributes to the security of the United States and our coalition partners, and to the stability of the region."

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Lorenzo E.
South Carolina, USA
November 29, 2014
The hell with Afghanistan Secy: Kerry we better start taking care of Americans home the hell with Iraq to. The United States is falling to pieces. Racism cops killing our new generation of Americans. Do some home diplomacy.


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