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British PM Visits Afghanistan, Rules Out More Troops

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a news conference in Kabul on June 10.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, on his first visit to Kabul, has said Afghanistan was his one of its government's "most important" foreign policy priority.

But Cameron, speaking at a press conference with President Hamid Karzai, ruled out sending more British troops to the country.

"The issue of more troops is not remotely on the UK agenda," Cameron said.

With 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, Britain is the second-largest contributor to the international force in the country. Nearly 300 British servicemen have died in Afghanistan since the war to oust the Taliban began in 2001.

Cameron announced $98 million in extra funding for the Afghan army, police and civil administration and also to fight roadside bombs.

compiled from agency reports