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PublishDate: سه شنبه 21 August 139211:36

UK ties long-term Afghanistan c

The NATO countries, including UK will sign bilateral security agreements with the the government of Afghanistan once the security

British Defense Secretary, Philip Hammond has warned that Britain will end its long term military commitment to Afghanistan, if the government of Afghanistan fails to finalize a security deal with the international coalition security forces.

Philip Hammond visited Afghanistan to inaugurate the largest military academy built with the United Kingdom’s support in capital Kabul.

Hammond told BBC that the Britain will keep military trainers in Afghanistan once the agreement signed with the international forces that will give immunity for the foreign forces from prosecution under the Afghan law.

“Without those agreements we can’t do anything because we won’t be able to protect our own people and clearly if we can’t protect our own people we won’t be able to have them here,” Hammond said.

The NATO countries, including UK will sign bilateral security agreements with the the government of Afghanistan once the security deal between Kabul and Washington is finalized, which will pave the way for the presence of US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The British defense secretary made the comments ahead of the inauguration of military academy in Afghanistan. “Modelled on the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, this academy will provide world-class training,” Hammond said.

He said, “It will teach the importance of leadership, of self-reliance, of personal discipline, of dedication and of service to fellow soldiers.”
“This will help ensure the Afghan officers and those training them will be of the highest quality, helping sustain the progress made in building a capable and professional force,” Hammond added

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