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2,500 dignitaries to attend consultative Loya Jirga

2,500 dignitaries to attend consultative Loya Jirga

Oct 22, 2013 - 18:45

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A total of 2,500 people would attend next month’s consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon, which has been called into session to make a final decision on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine how many US soldiers and bases remain in Afghanistaninfo-icon after most foreign combat troops exit by the end of next year.

The Joya Jirgainfo-icon preparatory commission, which met in Kabul on Tuesday, took various decisions about the event to be held over next four weeks, the commission spokesman Abdul Khaliq Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said between 250 and 300 womeninfo-icon would be among the participants, who would include members of both houses of parliament, governors, Afghan Ulemainfo-icon Council members, provincial public representatives, tribal elders and influential figures from across the country.

Cabinet ministers, government officials, representatives of Kuchiinfo-icon tribe, civil societyinfo-icon groups, people with disabilities, traders, industrialists, rights activists, former lawmakers and members of the preparatory commission would also attend the grand assembly.

Presidential candidates and representatives of Afghan refugees in Pakistaninfo-icon and Iran have also been invited to attend the jirga, Hussaini said.

Former president Sibghatullah Mujaddedi has been appointed as head of the preparatory commission to make arrangements for the Loya Jirga, which would decide on the deal-breaking issue of immunity for US troops who would stay on in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, at the end of a visit to Kabul this month, told reporters there was just one issue outstanding - Washington's demand that its troops be immune from Afghan law and tried in the United States instead.


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