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Wolesi Jirga to debate BSA next week


afghan-parliament02Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Wednesday ruled the lower house would debate the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States next week.

The key security deal was signed between Kabul and Washington on Oct 30, a day after President Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated. The deal allows thousands of American troops to stay on in Afghanistan to train Afghan security forces after 2014.
The BSA and a status of forces agreement (SOFA) signed with NATO were brought to the lower house for ratification as required by the Constitution.
Speaker Ibrahimi said the government had twice requested the assembly to discuss the BSA, currently being debated by the house’s Committee on International Affairs.
Ibrahimi said heads of the house panels had decided to present the accord to the house for a debate on Wednesday next.
A lawmaker, wishing anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News some MPs seeking the pact’s approval had collected 50 signatures from colleagues.
The two accords will allow nearly 10,000 American and NATO troops to continue training and advising Afghan security forces post-2014, when the combat mission ends.