Jirga to OK deal with US, hopes Muhammadi
KABUL (PAN): Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Muhammadi is optimistic that the Loya Jirga will accord approval to a security pact with the US on the presence of international troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when most combat troops are scheduled to leave the country.
Muhammadi told a news conference in Berlin on Thursday the Loya Jirga would convene in late November. "We are very confident that we can vote for this agreement with a large majority and sign it," the Associated Press quoted him as saying.
The jirga -- an assembly of tribal elders and experts -- will scrutinise the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States. The pact will allow US forces to stay in the country after 2014.
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