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Carter Meets With Afghan Officials in Kabul

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter met with Afghanistan’s defense and interior ministers in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

In a statement released today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Carter traveled to Afghanistan to emphasize the U.S. commitment to the Afghan national security forces and the ongoing development of the Afghan forces' enabling capabilities.

After Carter met with Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang, the three men pledged to work together on a number of important issues, including the sustained development of the Afghan national security force and reviewing efforts to prevent insider attacks, Little said.

"Dr. Carter complimented Ministers Mohammadi and Patang on the increasing professionalism and capabilities of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, and reiterated the United States' continued commitment to a secure and stable Afghanistan," he added.


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