USA/Großbritannien — Gates: New British Leaders ‘Resolute’ on Afghanistan

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, June 7, 2010 — Defense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates said con­ver­sa­tions he has had with his new British coun­ter­part give him the sense that Great Britain’s new gov­ern­ment “is quite res­olute with respect to Afghanistan.”

The sec­re­tary spoke with reporters today while en route to Lon­don for meet­ings with British Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, For­eign Sec­re­tary William Hague, and Defense Sec­re­tary Liam Fox. 

Afghanistan is one of the most impor­tant top­ics he expects to dis­cuss with Cameron, Gates said. 

“But by the same token,” he added, “with all of the dif­fer­ent issues that are on the table right now, I would­n’t be a bit sur­prised if we talk about Iran [or] if we talk about North Korea, and the new British gov­ern­ment is just get­ting a new strate­gic review under way, and we may talk a lit­tle bit about that.” 

Dur­ing a recent secu­ri­ty sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore, Gates asked U.S. Asian and Pacif­ic part­ners for more help in train­ing Afghan sol­diers and police. Great Britain, the sec­re­tary said today, has pro­vid­ed exem­plary sup­port for the mis­sion in Afghanistan. 

“I think with 9,500 sol­diers in Afghanistan, that the Unit­ed King­dom has done every­thing any­body could expect of it,” Gates said, “so I will not be mak­ing any fur­ther requests of the U.K. I think they’ve real­ly stepped up and, as usu­al, have been an admirable partner.” 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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