Obama, Cameron 'reaffirm' commitment to Afghan mission

12th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron "reaffirmed" their commitment to the war in Afghanistan during a phone call on Saturday, the White House said.

"The two leaders discussed Afghanistan, including the prime minister's recent visit, and they reaffirmed their firm commitment to NATO's ISAF mission," the White House said.

Earlier this week Cameron made his first visit to Afghanistan as Britain's prime minister, ruled out increasing Britain's troop commitment and called for quicker progress to bring troops home.

He was due to visit troops at Shahzad forward operating base in Helmand province, a location seen as relatively quiet after recent counter-insurgency efforts, but his Chinook helicopter was abruptly diverted after intelligence gathering suggested a threat, aides said.

Cameron also held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and declared Afghanistan "the most important national security issue for my country."

Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, mostly in the south, as part of a 46-nation force. It is the second-biggest contributor to the NATO-led mission after the United States.

© 2010 AFP

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