Afghan-US leaders sign strategic cooperation agreement
Wed May 02, 12:42 pm
US president Barak Obama arrived on an unexpected visit to Kabul on the night of May 1st and signed the long-term strategic cooperation agreement between both states with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.
Mr. Obama called the signing of the strategic partnership vital for Afghanistan and said, “This agreement provides the opportunity to America to reduce the intensity of war in Afghanistan and support the Afghan nation.”
“The war cost has been high for both countries and we look forward to a peaceful Afghanistan in future,” he added.
Meanwhile, Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that the strategic cooperation agreement will ensure “bilateral partnership” between both countries.
The agreement has been signed for a period of ten years, on the basis of which US forces will train and equip Afghan security forces and will also provide financial support to the Afghan government.
According to some US officials, with the signing of this treaty, Afghanistan has become the largest strategic partner of the US that does not have NATO membership.
With the signing of this agreement, the US has shown that they will continuously support Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan, US officials added.
The agreement is signed at a crucial time because of concerns about the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan.
Now, the Afghan government and the nation are hopeful that some of the domestic and foreign threats will be solved and the state will move forward towards peace and stability, with the signing of this agreement.