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Obama decision to strengthen Afghan forces, hopes Ghani

Obama decision to strengthen Afghan forces, hopes Ghani

Oct 16, 2015 - 13:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday welcomed his US counterpart Barack Obama’s announcement on keeping more than 5,500 troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon beyond the end of his term.

Obama on Thursday announced 9,800 American troops would remain in Afghanistan through next year, citing increased Islamic State and Talibaninfo-icon activities in the war-hit country.

Speaking at a White House press conference, Obama said he had also decided to keep 5,500 troops in Kabul and at a few bases, including those in Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar beyond 2017.

The US leader’s announcement reaffirmedhis resolve to strength bilateral cooperation and boost relations, a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said. It was in the interest of both countries, Ghani said.

He added: “The leadership of the Afghan government decided to strengthen relations with the US and step up the fight against terrorism.”

Afghan forces are responsible of the country’s security and defence, as well as protection of the people and Afghanistan’s territory, according to the president.

Obama’s decision would be helpful in equipping, training and capacity development of the local security personnel, who were bravely fighting against a cruel enemy, he hoped

“The Afghan government reassures the people and international allies of determined efforts for promoting the rule of law, reform, security, defence of human and womeninfo-icon rights and economic improvement,” he concluded.



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