NATO chief says strategy in Afghanistan unchanged after McChrystal's resignation

08:37, June 24, 2010      

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday that the alliance's strategy in Afghanistan would remain unchanged after General Stanley McChrystal resigned over critical remarks about U.S. administration.

"I have taken note that General McChrystal is stepping down as Commander of the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. I thank General McChrystal for his service to NATO, and for the enormous effort he has put into leading the ISAF mission," Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.

"While he will no longer be the commander, the approach he helped put in place is the right one. The strategy continues to have NATO's support, and our forces will continue to carry it out. Our operations in Afghanistan are continuing today, and they will not miss a beat. " the NATO chief said.

"The Afghan people should have no doubt that we will continue to carry out our mission in partnership with them. We will continue working to protect the Afghan population and to build the Afghan security forces, and we will stay for as long as it takes to do our job," he concluded.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he has accepted General McChrystal's resignation as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

In the article entitled "The Runaway General", McChrystal said he felt betrayed by U.S. ambassador to Kabul Karl Eikenberry. His aides also mocked Vice President Joe Biden and said McChrystal was "disappointed" in President Obama.

Obama nominated General David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command and the former U.S. top commander in Iraq, to replace McChrystal, stressing the replacement does not mean a change in the course of the war.

Source: Xinhua


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