10 Mar 2012

US, Afghanistan sign deal on detention centre

5:53 am on 10 March 2012

The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal on the transfer of a major American-run detention centre to Afghan authorities.

Afghan Defence Minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak, who signed the deal, says an Afghan commander will soon be appointed to take charge of the facility.

The transfer will be completed in about six months, Reuters reports.

The commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, says the signing of the memorandum is an important step forward in the countries' Strategic Partnership negotiations.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will be the framework for US involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the last foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan.