Afghanistan, U.S. Reach Pact on Post-2014 American Support
fter more than a year of negotiations, U.S. and Afghan officials reached an agreement Sunday confirming the United States’ commitment to Afghanistan for a decade after its formal troop withdrawal in 2014.
The document, which must be reviewed by the Afghan parliament and U.S. security agencies and signed by both nations’ presidents, does not reference specific troop numbers or funding levels, but it offers a broad guarantee that the U.S. role here will not end as abruptly as some feared it might.
For months, Afghan President Hamid Karzai refused to consider the agreement until American-led night raids were halted and the United States handed over its main military prison to Afghan officials. Those roadblocks were removed thanks to separate agreements — both of which involve transferring authority to Afghan officials — clearing the way for the partnership agreement before a key NATO summit next month.
“The document finalized today provides a strong foundation for the security of Afghanistan, the region and the world, and is a document for the development of the region,” said Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta.
The document pledges American financial support for Afghanistan through 2024 and references the ongoing U.S. role in supporting Afghan democracy and civil society.
But the specifics of the U.S. commitment have yet to be formally outlined and could be governed by future agreements.