Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:54 pm on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 12:54 pm, 9th February 2012

That is a matter to be concluded between the United States and Afghanistan. It is a pertinent question. The answer will depend on the definition that those countries together have for their future strategic partnership. Of course, the long-term presence of United States forces is a controversial subject in the region. The matter has not been settled. I stress to my hon. Friend the growing size and capability of the Afghan national security forces, which are building up to a total of 352,000. They are equipping themselves extremely well in the current conditions.