The draft agreement on the Afghanistan-U.S. long-term partnership was finalized and initialed on Sunday in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, by heads of the negotiating delegations of the two countries, the office of the Afghan president said in a statement.
Officially concluded on Sunday, the agreement is now ready for signature by both the presidents of the two countries, according to the statement.
At a ceremony in the National Security Council of Afghanistan, the document known as "Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States" was initialed as "final" by Afghanistan National Security Advisor Dr. Spanta and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker.
According to the statement, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul was expected to brief the Afghan Senate and Lower House on the overall content of the document, in an effort to push forward the approval by both legislative bodies, after which the presidents of Afghanistan and the U.S. will sign on the agreement.