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December 6, 2021

Karzai urges support for US-Afghan security pact

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged a gathering of Afghan elders to approve a security agreement with the United States, saying the deal would allow 10,000 to 15,000 foreign troops to remain in Afghanistan after the NATO pullout next year, the Voice of America reports.
A draft text of the agreement posted online by the Afghan government said U.S. troops would only enter Afghan homes in exceptional cases – a point of contention in nearly a year of negotiations on the agreement.
Hours before the meeting, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the two sides had agreed on the final text of the bilateral security pact.
The gathering of Afghan elders, known as a “Loya Jirga,” is expected to spend three days debating the agreement, which will shape the security relationship between Washington and Kabul for years to come. The group must give its approval before the document goes to the Afghan parliament for a vote.

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