US-Afghan officials near a deal on American troops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The US and Afghanistan reached an agreement in principle on Saturday on the major elements of a deal that would allow American troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.
US officials said the potentially deal-breaking issue of jurisdiction over those forces must still be resolved.
US officials travelling with US Secretary of State John Kerry said the deal negotiated with Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets all American conditions, including on the jurisdiction issue, and that all that remains is for Karzai to win political approval for it.
During the talks, Kerry made frequent phone calls back to Washington, speaking with Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and national security adviser Susan Rice multiple times, the officials said.