Monday, 3 August 2009

Hague calls on Labour to clear up Afghanistan confusion

William Hague has called for greater clarity from Ministers about Britain's mission in Afghanistan.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary was speaking following the publication of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's report on Afghanistan, which states that the Government's strategy has suffered from significant "mission creep".

William said the report confirmed the Conservatives' view that Britain's objectives in Afghanistan should be "realistic, tightly-defined and subjected to regular formal assessment."

He warned that the report should serve as "a wake-up call to the Government", who must clear up the "confusion" about what we are trying to achieve in Afghanistan, adding:

"We need to know that the right strategy is in place, that Whitehall is working properly to deliver it, and that British troops have all they need to do their part."

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