UK to deploy more troops in Afghanistan

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Kabul, July 10 (ANI): British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the United Kingdom will deploy 50 additional military personnel in Afghanistan to train and advise security forces. He further said the U.K. would keep 450 troops in Afghanistan until 2017. Cameron said his country reaffirmed the collective commitment to support a more secure and stable future of Afghanistan. "NATO has an important role to play beyond its borders, helping to prevent countries becoming a safe haven for terrorists who can threaten us here at home. That is what we did in Afghanistan and today we've reaffirmed our collective commitment to support a more secure and stable future for that country," Tolo News quoted Cameron as saying at the NATO Summit in Warsaw on Saturday. "We'll keep 450 troops there into 2017 and we'll deploy a further 50 personnel to provide additional mentoring, particularly for the Afghan Air Force", he added. His statement comes after allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) formally extended their support for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), days after U.S President Barack Obama decided to keep thousands of American troops in Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah in return vowed to fulfil their commitments in bringing reforms and fighting the endemic corruption in public offices. (ANI)