The draft agreement was finalized prematurely on November 19, 2013, after Obama Karzai wrote a letter assuring him that U.S. forces would continue to respect «the sanctity and dignity of the Afghan people.»  The agreement must be ratified as of November 21, 2013 by an Afghan Grand Council of Elders and ratified by the parliaments of Afghanistan and the United States.  According to the draft wording, the agreement will enter into force on January 1, 2015 and will remain in force «until the end of 2024 and beyond,» unless it is terminated two years in advance.  Afghan President Karzai said the agreement would only be signed in Afghanistan after the 2014 elections, but the United States. Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Karzai, said Karzai wanted to wait until after the April 2014 elections to test other conditions: whether U.S. forces would stop raids on Afghan homes, whether the Obama administration would help stabilize security in Afghanistan, promote peace talks, and not interfere in elections.   Obama administration officials believe that the signing date is non-negotiable and stress the need for at least one year to plan future operations and allow coalition partners, including Germany and Italy, to plan a residual presence they offer.  Bearing in mind that such access and its exchange of classified information and related material requires appropriate security measures; According to Al Jazeera, the strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan is expected to «bring several thousand American soldiers to train Afghan forces and assist them in counterterrorism operations. It would describe the legal status of these forces, their working rules and their headquarters.  The Obama administration hoped to conclude the strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan before the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012, but U.S.
efforts to conclude this partnership after a year of discussions between Afghan and U.S. authorities have been complicated by incidents involving the United States. . . .