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Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the comments made by General Richards on there being no troop withdrawal until 2012 at least, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister and the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) were of the same mind; the CDS’s position was entirely consistent with the Prime Minister’s, both on withdrawals before 2015 being dependent on conditions on the ground and also the UK’s long-term relationship with Afghanistan.

We would continue to have a long-term relationship that may include troops in training roles and also through our diplomatic and development channels.

Put that the Prime Minister had seemed to raise hopes that troops would be pulled out sooner, the PMS said that these views were consistent as conditions on the ground would dictate troop withdrawal. The PMS added the sooner we could bring the troops home the better, but that would have to be dictated by conditions on the ground.

Put that the Prime Minister had said that troops could begin to be drawn out next year rather than 2012, the PMS said that that had come with the caveat of conditions on the ground being suitable.

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