Afghanistan will sign the crucial security deal on Tuesday

Speaking in Kabul, White House counselor John Podesta said it is a positive move. The bilateral security agreement (BSA) will allow nearly 10,000 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after the international combat mission ends on 31st December, 2014.

The announcement comes after Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday was sworn in as Afghanistan's new President, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power after the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

In his first speech, Ghani Ahmadzai called on Taliban and other militants to join the country's political process and lay down their weapons. However, extremist violence on Monday killed at least 12 civilians and police officers as foreign forces prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

"We are tired of war," Ghani Ahmadzai said in a televised address. "Our message is peace but this doesn't mean we are weak."

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