Sunday, 23 November 2014
Afghan lower house approves US, NATO agreements
The lower house of Afghanistan's parliament Sunday approved a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with NATO.
In an extra-ordinary session, attended by 172 members of the house and broadcast live on a local television, both security agreements were approved with voice majority and only five lawmakers expressed their opposition, Xinhua reported.
Since the US and NATO-led forces' combat mission ends by the end of 2014, the agreements allow both the US and NATO to keep a limited number of troops, probably 12,000, beyond 2014 in Afghanistan to advise and train Afghan national security forces.