US and Afghanistan signing deal
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Afghanistan signs delayed US security deal

Afghanistan's new government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.

The agreement was signed on the new administration's first full day in office, by Afghanistan's national security adviser, Hanif Atmar, and US ambassador to Kabul Jim Cunningham.

The previous president, Hamid Karzai, refused to sign the bilateral security agreement with the US, straining ties and raising security fears.

The BBC's David Loyn, in Kabul, says President Ghani was keen to stress that the deal is not a sign of repression but of a completely new relationship with the US.

  • 30 Sep 2014
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