Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 18:04
Iraq urges Kabul to sign security treaty with US
By Xinhua

KABUL - Foreign Minister of Iraq Hoshyar Zebari has urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the controversial Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), commonly known as the security pact, with Washington, local newspapers reported on Tuesday.

"Our expectation of the government is to sign the BSA with the US because Afghanistan needs US support," quoting the Iraqi foreign minister who paid unannounced visit to Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, the English paper Daily Outlook wrote in its Tuesday edition.

The Iraqi foreign minister, whose country has been facing the increasing wave of militancy and bloody terror attacks since the withdrawal of US forces from the country in 2011, in the meeting with his Afghan counterpart Zarar Ahmad Usmani also stated that " The agreement and continued cooperation with the US was in Afghanistan's best interests".

Another newspaper the Daily Afghanistan wrote that the Iraqi top diplomat had also met President Hamid Karzai and shared the experiences of his country in the past decade in combating terrorism.

Karzai has already said that the BSA would not be signed until after the presidential election planned for April 5, 2014  unless Washington brings security to Afghanistan, ensures holding transparent elections and US support to the peace process with Taliban militants.