World Bulletin / News Desk
The Taliban group criticized on Sunday a decision by Afghanistan's Loya Jirga ("Grand Assembly") to approve the proposed Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the US, vowing to continue its war on foreign troops in the country.
"We are strongly against the presence of American forces in Afghanistan," Taliban spokesman Zabihallah Mujahid told Anadolu Agency Sunday over the phone from an undisclosed location.
He said the presence of foreign troops in the country means the war will continue and will cause insecurity in Afghanistan and in the region.
"We will continue our armed resistance until the country is freed from the foreign troops and until they leave our country," he thundered.
Members of the Loya Jirga have earlier today approved the proposed security deal with the US and urged President Hamid Karzai to sign it as soon as possible.
In a resolution read by Fazal Mohammad Aymaq and Sher Mohammad Karimi, the deputies of the Loya Jirga said that they have approved the overall deal.
The 2500 delegates of the Loya Jirga debated the agreement over the past three days.
If signed, the deal will allow the long-term presence of US troops in the country despite next year's scheduled withdrawal of all US-led foreign forces.
Currently, some 52,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan. The US would like to retain nearly 10,000 of these beyond 2014.
If the bilateral security agreement is not signed, however, all US troops will be obliged to depart the country next year.Last Mod: 24 Kasım 2013, 10:48