DHAKA: Afghanistan’s parliament approved on Saturday a strategic pact between Kabul and Washington, clearing the way for a United States presence in the country for at least a decade after most foreign combat troops leave in 2014.
‘This was done for the interest of Afghanistan’, said Daoud Kalakani, an MP from Kabul.
Around 180 MPs were present and only four voted against, Kalakani said.
The deal, signed by US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai in Kabul on May 2, sets out a long-term US role in Afghanistan, including aid and advisers.
BDST: 1747 HRS, MAY 26, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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