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US and NATO Forces Commander in Afghanistan says that he “has no orders” on troop reduction

The US and NATO Forces Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller in a meeting with Nangarhar governor on Sunday assured that they will continue to support the Afghan forces even if they get an order about troop withdrawal – an issue which Miller says is rumors by “newspapers”.

“I have seen the same rumors I have from the newspapers but all I would assure you is first of all I have no orders, so nothing changed,” he said in the meeting.

Miller said their support to Afghan forces will continue in the same level.

“But if I do get orders, I think it is important for you to know that we are still with the security forces. Even if I have get a little bit smaller, we will be okay,” he said.

Meanwhile, Miller insisted on a political solution for Afghanistan and said that “political settlement will only happen through Afghans talking to Afghans”.

The US general said much has been said about Afghan forces casualties but “Taliban casualties have been very dire as well”.

“What I think is important is — I have talked often about — a political solution, not a military solution to this conflict. It is time for the hostilities to end and it will only happen through Afghans talking to Afghans,” Miller said. “It is the time to end those hostilities to start talking to one another.”

This comes as Miller visited Farah province on Thursday, where he said they are here in Afghanistan to support peace and stability and ensure a continued support to the Afghan people.

Miller said the foreign forces are in Afghanistan to help maintain peace and safeguard the country’s national interests.

“We are here in Afghanistan to first and foremost to see peace, at some point, unity across Afghanistan and protect the national interests,” miller said.

His remarks come amid reports on a possible withdrawal of a “significant number” of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

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