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UK's Afghan commitment 'long term': Johnson

AFP  |  Kabul 

British foreign minister Boris Johnson pledged today that after his nation's exit from the European Union its commitment to would remain unchanged and "long term".

Johnson made the remarks on a 24-hour visit to Kabul, his first, after a trip to neighbouring

"The message I have for President (Ashraf) Ghani and Chief Executive (Abdullah) Abdullah is that we are here for the long term and we are committed to Afghanistan's side," Johnson told reporters, adding that many Britons had lost their lives in the country.

He was referring to the campaigns of the 19th century that left thousands of British empire soldiers dead, as well as the troops that fought the until 2014 after the American invasion in 2001.

The top diplomat also said would continue to help with the training of forces and that aid would be focused on the education system.

"Wherever I go people aren't interested in whether the is part of the European Union or not," said Johnson. "What they want to know is are we going to help them and none of the key areas will be affected by our relationships with other European countries."

Johnson campaigned vigorously in the June referendum for to leave the European Union.

"The British sacrifice in this country has been around for a long time and will be around for the long term," said Johnson. "We intend to remain involved and even more so than before".

Johnson is due to leave tomorrow evening.

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First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 22:22 IST