Strategic Partnership Agreement

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States of America signed the ┬áStrategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) on 2 May 2012. The SPA builds on the November 2011 Traditional Loya Jirgra, which declared: “Emphasizing the need to preserve the achievements of the past ten years, respect the Afghanistan Constitution, women’s rights, freedom of speech, and taking into consideration the prevailing situation in the region, strategic cooperation with the United States of America, which is a strategic ally of the people and government of of Afghanistan, is considered important in order to ensure political, economic and military security of the country. Signing a strategic cooperation document with the United States conforms with the national interest of Afghanistan and is of significant importance…When signing this document Afghanistan and the United States must be considered as two sovereign and equal country.”

The SPA was signed as a commitment to strengthen long-term strategic cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including: advancing peace, security and reconciliation; strengthening state institutions; supporting Afghanistan’s long-term economic and social development; and encouraging regional cooperation.

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