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Americans upbeat on Afghanistan’s future: Gen. Campbell

Gen-John-CampbellNATO top commander in Kabul US Gen. John Campbell on Wednesday said great enthusiasm was found among the Americans about supporting Afghanistan as they were upbeat about the country’s future.
The US army general expressed these views at a meeting with Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, a statement from the CEO’s office said. The statement said Gen. Campbell presented a report about his recent visit to the United States at the meeting. He said it was fortunate that the Americans were enthusiastic about supporting Afghanistan and were optimistic about the country’s future.

Campbell said the Afghan security forces were well-trained and they had gained a considerable international backing and applause.

For his part, Abdullah said assistance from the international community, particularly from the US, for Afghanistan was of great importance. He thanked the international community and the US for assisting Afghanistan in diverse fields.

The CEO said Afghan security forces still needed widespread support because it was problematic for them to deal with the region’s challenges alone. Abdullah said the Afghan forces needed continued international support, particularly from the US.

He said the Afghan forces had come a long way and were far better off today than they had been in the past.

Abdullah said the Afghan forces had gained much experience and self-confidence and they could effectively answer attacks from insurgents.

But the Afghan forces needed heavy and modern weapons and a strong air force and the unity government expected assistance in this regard from Afghanistan’s allies, Abdullah said.

The CEO said Afghan security forces had the ability to defend the country’s soil and had won people’s confidence.

Meanwhile, Finland’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Ari Maki called on Abdullah at his office on Wednesday, a separate statement from the CEO’s office said.

It said the Finnish envoy reassured of his country’s continued support to Afghanistan. At the meeting, Abdullah and Maki discussed relations between the two countries. They also talked about the completion of the Afghan cabinet and the proposed electoral reforms.