US vows strong post 2014 Afghan intell ties
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon on Thursday said it would continue to maintain a strong diplomatic and intelligence relationship with Kabul beyond 2014 when the security transition is scheduled to be complete.
“Troop numbers in itself is not to tell the entire story on what we are going to do between now and 2014 and beyond. We also have to think about the full context of our mission in Afghanistan,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters in Washington.
He said they were working closely with the Afghans, especially with their security forces in order to beef up their capabilities.
He said the Pentagon wanted to arrive at a conclusion where the war was heading and what their enduring relationship with Afghanistan would look like.
In addition to US military foot print in the years ahead, one also has to think about whole of government approach to the US-Afghan relationship, he said.
“It will not just be a military relationship. We would continue to have string diplomatic ties, we will continue to have strong intelligence ties with our Afghan partners and we have to look at it that way,” he said.
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