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France backs Trump pledge to keep US troops in Afghanistan

U.S. troops keep watch on the back of a truck outside their base in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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

“France recognises 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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