NATO stresses importance of U.S.-Afghan agreement

Thursday, February 27, 2014

If the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan is not signed, there will be no NATO Status of Forces Agreement with Afghanistan, NATO chief says

If the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan is not signed, there will be no NATO Status of Forces Agreement with Afghanistan, NATO chief says

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that if a bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan is not signed, an agreement envisaging NATO’s role in Afghanistan in the upcoming period will not be finalized.

Rasmussen said that if the agreement is not signed, there will be not a NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Afghanistan, speaking at the NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

"If there is no agreement, there will not be NATO troops in Afghanistan after 2014. Let me stress: this is not our preferred option, but these are the facts that we need to take into account in our planning. And that is what we will discuss at our meeting," he said.

NATO defense ministers together with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan partners will discuss the progress of the ISAF mission today.

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