Reaffirming its long-term commitment to Afghanistan, Britain has urged the administration of President Ashraf Ghani to effectively implement its reform agenda.
Reforms were crucial to delivering economic growth, jobs and investment for Afghanistan, said the UK minister for the Middle East and North Africa including Afghanistan.
A statement from the British embassy said Tobias Ellwood promised UK’s support for an Afghan-led peace process, which offered the best prospect to end conflict in Afghanistan.
The Minister marked International Human Rights Day by attending a reception for civil society and the media. He met Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah and Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi.
Ellwood also held talks with acting Minister of Defence Masoom Stanikzai and Chief of the Army Staff Qadam Shah. The minister reiterated the UK’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan, including through financial and political support.
During the meetings, Ellwood discussed the current security situation in Afghanistan and praised the bravery of the Afghan forces, which had increasingly shown their ability to deal with terrorist attacks.
He met UK mentors and Afghan colleagues at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA), who are training the next generation of Afghanistan’s military leaders.
“I have been tremendously impressed by what has been achieved in Afghanistan over the past 14 years. Afghans are now deciding their own future. I am proud of the role that the UK has played in supporting this progress,” he said.