Engel Statement on Loya Jirga's Approval of U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement

New York– Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the Afghan Loya Jirga’s decision to approve the U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement.

“The Loya Jirga's approval of the U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement affirms the Afghan people's desire to have a long term partnership with the United States.  However, I remain deeply concerned by President Karzai's attempts to seek additional assurances from the United States before finalizing the agreement.  The future of the U.S.-Afghan relationship is being placed at risk by these needless theatrics. I urge President Karzai to heed the Jirga's recommendations and sign the Bilateral Security Agreement without further delay.”