UK To Send More Troops To Afghanistan

  • Date of Publication : 26/06/2018 at 09:06 GMT
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The British Army is likely to send in up to 440 more troops to Afghanistan to train the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor tweeted that if agreed by the National Security Council, it would likely be announced in the “coming days” in the run up to the NATO summit. The decision would make the UK the 3rd largest contributor to Afghan security.

“Whispers tonight National Security Council to discuss increasing number of UK troops in Afghanistan tomorrow, with government likely to send another 440 to help train Afghan forces,” she tweeted.

This comes after UK Foreign Secretary Johnson held talks with Afghan government leaders in his visit to Kabul on Monday.

The UK Foreign Secretary underlined that Britain was fully committed to helping build a stable, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan.

He welcomed the National Unity Government’s determination to achieve a peaceful political settlement to the conflict with the Taliban, including through holding timely and credible Parliamentary and Presidential elections.

He also highlighted the UK’s strong support for girls’ education in Afghanistan by meeting Afghan girls who are getting access to sports education through UK funding.

The Foreign Secretary also met General Nicholson, the Commander of Resolute Support, NATO’s training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, and had a chance to talk to some of the Welsh Guards helping to mentor the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces, the statement said.

“At this important moment when Afghan-led efforts towards peace and a political settlement have gained considerable impetus, I was proud and inspired to be in Kabul to see how the UK is working in support of the Afghan Government to achieve this goal,” Mr. Johnson said.

Britain has up to 600 troops in Afghanistan at present, mainly based in Kabul, training officers and not engaged in combat. There is also a small contingent of special forces.

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