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Ghani hails UK’s move to keep troops in Afghanistan

Ghani hails UK’s move to keep troops in Afghanistan

Oct 28, 2015 - 10:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ashraf Ghani administration on Wednesday welcomed the United Kingdom’s decision to continue development, military and security cooperation with Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A day earlier, Britain promised to keep supporting Afghanistan’s war on terrorism by training its security forces as well as assistance in economic development.

A statement from Presidential Palace said the cooperation was grounded in shared threats and interests of the two governments and peoples. The Afghan government believes inasmuch as terrorism threatens the worldinfo-icon, joint action could ensure peace in the region.

“One of the prerequisites to completely eliminate insecurity and other risks that threaten our country and international partners is the prosperity and economic development of Afghanistan,” the statement added.

Sustaining international cooperation in strengthening Afghan forces augmented their commitment and effectiveness to accomplish their grand mission and further boost their morale, according to the palace.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a written statement to parliament on Tuesday Britain would keep its current level of 450 troops on non-combat missions in Afghanistan through 2016.

Earlier in the month, President Barack Obama announced that thousands of US military personnel would remain in Afghanistan longer than promised. The US will maintain its current force of 9,800 in the country through 2016.

Fallon said: "Both the US and our own decisions underline NATOinfo-icon's continued commitment to training and assisting Afghan forces as they grow stronger."



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