Clinton pledges continued support to Afghanistan



BONN, Germany (AP) — The U.S. secretary of state says Afghanistan can count on America’s support even after combat troops complete their planned withdrawal in 2014.

Hillary Rodham Clinton told a global conference on Afghanistan’s future Monday that “the United States is prepared to stand with the Afghan people for the long haul.”

Clinton stresses that in return the Afghans must also meet commitments to reforms, fighting corruption and strengthening the rule of law.

She says the international community has “much to lose if the country again becomes a source of terrorism and instability.”

The conference in Bonn, Germany, is focused on the transfer of security responsibilities, long-term prospects for international aid and a possible political settlement with the Taliban.