U.S. and Afghanistan sign security pact

Sep 30, 2014 7:58 AM by Cheryl Wengren

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-awaited security pact that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year.

At a ceremony today in the capital, Kabul, Afghanistan's newly appointed national security adviser (Mohmmad Hanif Atmar) signed the document along with U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham.

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (ahsh-RAHF' gah-NEE' ah-mahd-ZEYE'), who was sworn into office a day earlier, told the assembled crowd that the agreement signaled a fundamental shift in the country's relations with the world.

He says, "This agreement is only for Afghan security and stability."


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