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Obama slams parts of defence authorisation act

Obama slams parts of defence authorisation act

Nov 19, 2013 - 11:46

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The White House on Mondayexpressed concern over several Afghanistaninfo-icon-related provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2014, as passed by a key Senate committee.

The provisions will constrain the ability of the armed forces to align military capabilities and force structure with the president's strategy and impede the ability of the defense secretary to make programmes more efficient.

A statement from the White House objected to the provisions requiring the Afghan government to agree to use future oil and mineral royalties to reimburse the United States for Task Force for Business and Stability Operations-funded economic assistance.

"It is not the policy of the US government to seek reimbursement for economic assistance programmes. In addition to contradicting long-standing precedent, this provision could harm US-led efforts to build a sustainable Afghan economy and secure a long-term revenue source for the Afghan central government," the White House said.

The Obama administration also noted concerns over the broadening of the class of people from Afghanistan and Iraq who would be eligible, for special immigrant visas.

"We look forward to working with the Congress on these and other appropriate modifications to sections 1217 and 1218 to ensure Iraqi and Afghan nationals who have aided US efforts in these countries through their work, and who have experienced or are experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a result, are able to apply for these visas."


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