US, Afghanistan Reach Agreement on Security Pact

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said a final draft of key U.S.-Afghan bilateral agreement has been reached after a series of phone calls with President Hamid Karzai this morning.

The agreement would govern relations between the U.S. military and the Afghan government for years to come.

Secretary Kerry said it was up to the White House to decide if they would also send a letter to the Afghan people but he denied that the United States would apologize for American 'mistakes' in Afghanistan.

Some Afghan officials had said that a written apology was a requirement by Afghan president Karzai to sign the deal.

Kerry did not comment on whether the administration would send any additional communication to the Afghans.

Shortly before Kerry’s comments, the Afghan government released a version it described as final of the US-Afghan security agreement.
The deal is similar in both its wording and objectives to an earlier draft of the arrangement obtained by NBC News.

The new proposal, still to be approved by both the U.S. and Afghan administrations, calls for a sweeping, long-term relationship with the United States, committing Washington to paying to train and equip Afghan security forces, and establishes the groundwork keeping armed American outposts in Afghanistan.

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