UK renews long-term commitment to Afghanistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has renewed his country’s long-term commitment to help build a more secure and prosperous Afghanistan, which will make the region more stable and the streets of Britain safer.
Fallon visited Afghanistan and met President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah and acting Minister for Defence Gen. Abdullah Habibi on June 20 to hear more about the Afghan government’s commitment to tackle corruption.
They discussed the NATO Warsaw Summit in July and the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces. “Afghan forces are now leading security for their country and hundreds of British troops are providing crucial support,” he said in a statement.
Fallon, who visited the Afghan National Army Officer Academy, and was impressed by the work of UK mentors and Afghan instructors and cadets. The UK, along with NATO partners, is providing essential support in helping the development of the academy.
A UK team of mentors is supporting instructors as they train the next generation of male and female Afghan officers, who are being trained to shape a more peaceful, secure and prosperous future for the country.
UK servicemen and women are playing a key role in this. The academy has now trained over 1,300 Afghan officers, illustrating the progress being made towards a peaceful Afghanistan. It is also committed to contributing £70m of sustainment funding for the ANDSF until 2020.
The secretary of state also met senior leaders from NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Kabul, including General John Nicholson and Brigadier Ian Thomas, Commander of the Kabul Security Force.
“We discussed the ongoing work to ensure stability in the capital, and to support the work of ANDSF across the country in light of the challenges posed by the current fighting season,” the secretary of state concluded.
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