U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today revealed brief details of U.S. military exit strategy in Afghanistan in 2014 during an interview with Abdul Merzee of Ariana Television.
During the interview, Ms. Clinton stressed that the United States stands firmly on behalf of the people of Afghanistan to build a future of peace and prosperity. She said the U.S. government has invested a great deal over the last 10 years. She added the U.S. government intends to be part of Afghanistan’s future as well.
“But we know that there has to be a transition from a military role that is the dominant relationship to a political assistance supportive role. So there will be a transition, something that the Afghan Government asked for and something which the international community agreed to.” -Ms. Clinton
She underscored that the transition will move from international military control to Afghan military control, and the security presence throughout Afghanistan led by Afghans themselves.
She noted that it will be accompanied by a commitment embodied in a strategic partnership document that will outline the enduring presence of the United States, because we want to be part of helping Afghanistan for many years to come.