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Kabul Sees Unresolved Issues In U.S. Pact


Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) announced that they had reached a partial deal earlier this month.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) announced that they had reached a partial deal earlier this month.

Afghanistan's presidential spokesman says Kabul and Washington have yet to agree on several key issues in their proposed security agreement, including immunity for U.S. soldiers and concerns over unilateral U.S. military action.

The security pact will determine the size and scope of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan after most foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.

Aimal Faizi told the Reuters news agency on October 22 that the two sides have made a lot of progress on their Bilateral Security and Defense Agreement, "but it is not finalized."

He added that if the two sides fail to reach a final agreement, a Loya Jirga, or grand council of Afghan tribal leaders, will deliberate on the outstanding issues next month.

Earlier this month, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that they had reached a partial deal.


Based on reporting by Reuters
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