Wed, Sep

Britain supports Afghan transition


ukBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has reiterated London’s pledge to extend all possible support for security, economic and political transitions in Afghanistan.

Cameron renewed his pledge in his meeting with President Ashraf Ghani at the end of the London Conference, which was attended by delegates from more than 60 countries.
The conference provided a platform for the Afghan government to set out its vision for reform and for the international community to show enduring solidarity.
The British prime minister recalled that the UK had lost 453 troops while fighting against insurgents in Afghanistan to ensure peace, security and stability in the country.
He assured Ghani: “At a time when NATO troops are leaving Afghanistan, we will provide all-out support for security, political and economic transitions. We will do whatever we can.”
British soldiers were coming home but London would continue to train and assist Afghan security forces through the Kabul Military Academy, the premier explained.
The UK would also continue its support for Afghanistan in fighting against the menace of corruption, he said, adding London was ready to expand bilateral trade volume with Kabul to pave the way for a bright future for Afghans. 
Ghani acknowledged that UK was assisting his country in various areas, including durable peace. “We don’t want the fight to continue. We want durable peace, which is our main target. We are ready to resolve problems in a political way.”
He said the unity government would expedite steps to step up economic activities and build close coordination with the international community.
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said Washington was committed to ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. Though a number of states pledged new aid to Afghanistan, the conference was primarily meant to back Afghanistan politically, he added.