Cameron in Kabul for talks with Afghan president

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Mr Cameron said British armed forces had paid a “very high price” for their involvement in Afghanistan.

SHAFAQNA- UK Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Kabul for talks with new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

As he arrived, the prime minister said Britain had gone “a long way” towards achieving its objectives there.

Earlier Mr Cameron visited RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus from where RAF Tornados are launching air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

BBC deputy political editor James Landale said the prime minister, who will also be meeting Afghanistan’s new Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, wanted to “get in early” with the new government.

Mr Ghani took office four days ago after coming to a power-sharing agreement with presidential rival Mr Abdullah.

‘Ultimate price’

Mr Cameron paid tribute to the 453 servicemen and women from the UK who have died while serving in Afghanistan, as well as those who had been injured.

“They (the armed forces) have paid a very high price for our engagement in Afghanistan,” said Mr Cameron. “They have done vital work here.

“We should remember those who paid the ultimate price and those who were injured through the work they did.”

British combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year after a 13-year campaign. A small number of soldiers will remain in the country to train Afghan army officers.

The UK is one of the largest financial donors to the Afghan government.

During the visit, Mr Cameron and Mr Ghani are due to discuss a crucial conference to be held in London next month which will consider future aid to Afghanistan.

 

 

Source: BBC News

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