Ed Miliband warns of Afghanistan waste
Ed Miliband says there is still plenty to be done in Afghanistan
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Sunday, 27, May 2012 11:57
By Tom Witham
Labour leader Ed Miliband has suggested the world must ensure ten years of sacrifice in Afghanistan does not go to waste.
He said international bodies must decide on a strong future for the Asian country, particularly in terms of its political set-up.
The leader of the opposition was speaking on a trip to the nation's capital city of Kabul, where he spoke to Afghan president Hamid Karzai. He also visited troops in southern Helmand.
While Mr Miliband agrees with the approach of prime minister David Cameron and has backed his proposed withdrawal date, he is concerned that there is still "a long way to go" before the country can run itself.
Speaking to troops, he said: "The international community needs to up its game in getting a lasting political settlement here in Afghanistan because I think that is necessary in order to prevent Afghanistan slipping back into being a failed state and there is a lot more work to do to make that happen."
He said a successful future is the only way troops can be repaid for their work and sacrifices in Afghanistan.