Talks on security pact continue: US
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is continuing discussions with the Afghans on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), focused on the nature and scope of America's future presence, but not on numbers and how they will operate in Afghanistan.
“The BSA will be focused on the nature and scope of the future presence, but not numbers and how US forces would operate in Afghanistan,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Monday.
She said the US continued informal discussions with the Afghans on the security agreement while formal negotiations remained suspended. President Barack Obama would decide on troop number and the nature of their presence in Afghanistan, she explained.
“And we have been clear that our presence will have two goals: Number one, to train, assist, and advise Afghan forces so they can maintain their own security; and number two, making sure that we can continue to go after the remnants of al-Qaida or other affiliates that might threaten our homeland,” Psaki said.
The spokesperson hailed Pakistan as an important partner in supporting a secure and stable Afghanistan, which was vital to the security of the region.
“Pakistan’s own security and stability is tied to a successful outcome in Afghanistan and any steps that continue to build the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in our view, are very important,” Psaki concluded.
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