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Jirga to OK deal with US, hopes Muhammadi

Jirga to OK deal with US, hopes Muhammadi

Oct 25, 2013 - 15:00

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Muhammadi is optimistic that the Loya Jirgainfo-icon will accord approval to a security pact with the US on the presence of international troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon 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 jirgainfo-icon -- 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.

PAN Monitor/mud

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