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Afghan and American officials finalized the text of the document on Sunday after a year and a half of negotiations during which it often seemed that the deal was likely to fall apart. They went through 23 drafts before both sides were finally satisfied, Spanta said.

“We have had so many difficult discussions among ourselves and also with the U.S. delegation,” Spanta said.

The agreement still has to go through internal reviews in both countries and to be signed by the Afghan and American presidents.

The document is needed to provide U.S. forces with the authority to continue in Afghanistan after 2014, when the Afghan government is slated to take over control of security countrywide.

The majority of U.S. combat troops are expected to be out of the country by that date, but some combat forces will continue to go on missions, and trainers and advisers to the Afghan security forces will also remain. The strategic partnership agreement covers the period from 2014 to 2024, Spanta said.

Spanta said the part of the document that took the most debate was section three on maintaining stability and peace in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials have declined to comment on the document until it is signed, or to provide the original English text.