UK PM visits Afghanistan unannounced

British Prime Minister David Cameron has made an unannounced visit to troops stationed in the Afghan province of Helmand, telling troops that the campaign in nearing the end.

Å“British forces are nearing the end of their campaign in Afghanistan”, Cameron told troops at Camp Bastion in a visit to mark Armed Forces Day.

Cameron acknowledged that things could have been done differently after military operations removed the Taliban regime there, but he insisted it was right for the West to consider talks with the Taliban now.

“We want a political solution as well as making sure we have a security solution. What we have done in Afghanistan is we came here to stop it being used as a base for terrorist activities. That has been and is successful”, he told reporters.

“What we need to do is build up the Afghan armed forces and at the same time make sure that the politics of Afghanistan enable everyone in Afghanistan to play a role in the future of their country. We are making some progress there as well”, added Cameron.

The prime minister said the political process should mean “those people are prepared to give up the bomb, the bullet, can actually be part of that process, part of that future Afghanistan”.

He also announced almost £3.8m in funding for charities supporting military families and programmes that provide mental health support for veterans.

Meanwhile, the British military have committed to running an academy for Afghan officers – nicknamed “Sandhurst in the sand”.

“From 2014 we have said that our contribution will be the officer training academy”, Cameron said during a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

“We have not made any other commitments, nor have I been asked to make other commitments”, he added.


Republished with permission from:: Press TV