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Britain welcomes Trump’s renewed commitment to Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump in a televised speech committed US to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan and singled out Pakistan for providing ‘safe haven’ to militants.

world Updated: Aug 22, 2017 14:48 IST
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US President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address to the nation from Fort Myer, Virginia, US on August 21.(REUTERS)

Britain on Tuesday welcomed a commitment by US President Donald Trump to step up the military campaign against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

President Trump committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan on Monday night, reversing course from his campaign pledges.

Britain along with other European allies pledged more troops to support Afghanistan’s military in June, with US secretary of defence James Mattis saying at the time that troop numbers in the country had been reduced too rapidly.

“The US commitment is very welcome,” British defence secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement.

“In my call with Secretary Mattis yesterday we agreed that despite the challenges, we have to stay the course in Afghanistan to help build up its fragile democracy and reduce the terrorist threat to the West.

“It’s in all our interests that Afghanistan becomes more prosperous and safer: that’s why we ‎announced our own troop increase back in June.”

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 14:46 IST