Biden says US will help Afghanistan after troops pullout

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 11, 2011 16:35

KABUL, Afghanistan — Vice President Joe Biden  said Tuesday that America will not cut and run in 2014, when the US-led military coalition plans to hand over control of security to Afghan forces.

Speaking after a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Biden said training and aid will continue even after responsibility for security is handed over. He added that both sides share a common goal of a "stable, sovereign Afghanistan."

If "the Afghan people want it, we won't leave in 2014," the vice president said a day after arriving in the country for a surprise visit.

Tensions have surfaced between the Obama administration and an increasingly nationalistic Karzai, whose government is plagued by charges of corruption. US officials have expressed grave concerns about how this is affecting efforts to stabilize and rebuild the country.


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