Monday, April 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with a delegation of the US members of the Congress led by Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
The issues discussed in the meeting included the current situation in Afghanistan and the region, Afghanistan’s Peace Process and the situation of the women’s rights.
The delegation described the draft strategic partnership agreement now final between Afghanistan and the US as important achievement for the two countries.
Central to discussions was the need for continued financing and equipping of Afghan national security forces and the United States’ continued assistance past 2014, where the President stressed that a “properly equipped and trained Afghan armed force is in the interest of Afghanistan and the United States”.
Pointing to the recently signed MOU’s on the Prison Transfer to Afghan authority and on the Afghanization of the Special Operations, the congressional delegation described the move important in pursuing the goal of having a stronger ANSF.
The President called the two recent MOU’s and in particular the one on special operations as something that provides protection for the people of Afghanistan.