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Cameron 'fully agrees' with Obama's Afghan strategy

world Updated: Jun 23, 2011 10:41 IST
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British leader David Cameron "fully agreed" with US President Barack Obama that "sustained pressure" could be applied to Afghan insurgents despite a troop cutback, his office said Thursday.

In a call made hours before Obama announced the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from the war-torn nation, Cameron reaffirmed to the US leader that Britain would remove all of its combat troops by the end of 2015.

According to the Downing Street statement, Obama briefed Cameron on the latest situation on the ground and "the implications for the timing of the withdrawal of the US surge".

"The prime minister fully agreed (with) the president's assessment, noting the good progress being made on security transition," continued the statement.

The pair "agreed that in due course the progress on transition would make it possible to sustain pressure on the insurgency while allowing a progressive reduction in ISAF force levels," it added.

Cameron repeated his promise that no British combat troops would be in the war-torn nation after 2015 in a pointed response to senior British military figures who this week voiced fears that the drawdown was being rushed.

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