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US doesn't want to reveal deal terms: Siddiqui

US doesn't want to reveal deal terms: Siddiqui

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Nov 17, 2011 - 20:34

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United States does not want its conditions and demands mentioned in the strategic agreement to be published in the media, the Loya Jirgainfo-icon spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Participants of the assembly were not provided with information about the demands and conditions set by the US for the agreement on the second day on Thursday, Safia Siddiqui told a press conference in Kabul.

She said the US did not want its terms to be disclosed to the media. "Therefore, participants of the jirgainfo-icon have not been provided with any details in this regard."

She added the attendees had been given detailed information about the conditions set by the Afghan government. But US conditions were secret and sensitive, the spokeswoman remarked.

Siddiqui skipped questions whether or not the US conditions would be revealed to jirga participants, who demanded complete information, but were given the portion of the draft that needed public opinion.

"I would say what the delegates have been provided with is not clear and complete. The jirga has convened to complete the text," she added.

She said the text was being discussed and it would be sent to the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon for approval after being finalised. However, she did not say when the text would be completed.

Siddiqui promised demands and concerns of Loya Jirga participants would be considered in finalising the agreement.

She said the pact would be valid for a decade until 2024. She acknowledged differences among participants on contents of the agreement, but they were resolved after discussion and consultations.

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