Signing of Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 30, 2014

The signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement sends a long-awaited and unequivocal message that the United States and Afghanistan are determined not just to sustain, but to build on more than a decade of progress.

This is a milestone moment for so many who, for over a decade, put their lives on the line every single day for reason and peace and fairness.

The signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement earlier today puts an exclamation point on our enduring commitment to the security and stability of Afghanistan, the region, and the world. This is a bond that will continue for the United States, our NATO allies, and Afghanistan.

Our job now is to support Afghanistan for the Afghans. As envisioned in the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement, the Bilateral Security Agreement will allow the United States to continue to train, advise, and assist Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), so that terrorists can never again threaten the world from Afghan soil. The NATO SOFA agreement will ensure that international efforts to train, advise, and assist the ANSF continue full speed ahead after the International Security Assistance Force mission concludes at the end of this year.

The gains of the past decade have been won with blood and treasure. They must not be lost, and we all have a stake in ensuring they’re a foundation upon which to build.