August 23, 2017 / 12:32 PM / 7 months ago

France backs Trump pledge to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan

PARIS (Reuters) - France on Wednesday backed a commitment by U.S. President Donald Trump to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to announce his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“France recognizes the importance of this undertaking and remains resolutely engaged in the struggle against terrorism,” a foreign ministry statement said.

Trump on Monday rowed back on a campaign pledge to quit Afghanistan, committing instead to an open-ended “fight to win” against Taliban insurgents there.

Reporting by Andrew Callus; editing by John Stonestreet

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