Extended US presence to help solidify gains: Mohib
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Hailing President Barack Obama’s decision on keeping troops in Afghanistan, a top Afghan diplomat in the United States on Friday hoped the move would help the Kabul solidify the gainsmade over the past 14 years.
“The Obama administration’s decision to maintain current troop levels will also allow Afghanistan’s still relatively young national unity government to focus its efforts on protecting and solidifying the significant gains we have made over the last decade.
“We will be simultaneously working to advance our bold, internationally endorsed reform agenda,” Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib remarked, welcoming Obama’s announcement to keep the current troops levels in Afghanistan through 2016.
He thanked the American people for their continued commitment to helping Afghanistan on its journey to becoming a peaceful and self-sufficient country.
The bond between Afghanistan and the US is forged out of a strong, shared interest, and also a shared threat. The security of both nations would be stronger when Afghanistan became a stable country that could stand on its own feet, he added.
Obama’s announcement, guided by the Bilateral Security Agreement, was a welcome step that would further strengthen a partnership that served common goals of security, he believed.
“For now, we still need the support of the United States and other allies, but we are determined that Afghans will, one day in the not-too-distant future, live in a self-reliant, peaceful nation,” Mohib said.
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