Thursday, November 27, 2014

No Change in Afghanistan’s Position on the Bilateral Security Agreement

Press Release

In his remarks to the Security Council yesterday at the debate on the Situation in Afghanistan, H.E. Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to United Nations, described the government’s position on ongoing cooperation with the international community, including the prospect of signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States.

Speaking today, the Ambassador further clarified the government’s position.  “Let me be clear,” he said, “the BSA will be signed only if Afghanistan’s conditions are met, including the beginning of official peace talks.”  There is no change in Afghanistan’s position on the Bilateral Security Agreement; the preconditions for signing the BSA remain, he explained.

Afghanistan’s position has been reiterated by H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, including most recently at the opening session of Parliament.  As the President remarked, “The people of Afghanistan recognize peace as the main base of life like any country in the world and any other nation in the world.  So if a country wants a security agreement, relations and a military base, that presence must bring peace in Afghanistan.”