The UK has no plans to send any more troops to Afghanistan, David Cameron has revealed, on his first visit to the country as British Prime Minister.
But, after meeting President Hamid Karzai, Cameron pledged firm support for UK soldiers already serving there. In opposition, he had accused the previous British government of failing to equip soldiers adequately.
“My biggest duty as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is to our armed forces and to make sure they have all of the equipment and all of the protection that they need to do the absolutely vital job that they are doing here in Afghanistan,” Cameron told a joint news conference with Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul.
Cameron announced Britain would be spending the equivalent of an extra 81 million euros towards countering the threat from roadside bombs. They are the biggest single killer of soldiers.
Nearly 300 UK troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan since 2001. The rising number of casualties is eroding the British public’s support for the war against the Taliban.