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Karzai and Kerry reach only partial agreement

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 11:34

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry reached a partial agreement Saturday on a bilateral security pact between the two countries, but not on the key issue of US troop immunity, dpa reported.

Karzai and Kerry held a joint press conference after all-day negotiations on the deal that will allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the NATO-led coalition withdraws troops next year.

Kerry, who has been in Afghanistan for two days, said a major sticking point in efforts to sign the security agreement was the issue of jurisdiction over American troops if they commit a crime.

Kerry told a news conference Saturday that if there is no agreement on immunity from Afghan law for American soldiers, there will not be a deal.

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