Gavin Williamson has said British streets will only be safe when there is peace in Afghanistan, as he vowed to support the country's security forces in a meeting with country's president.
The Defence Secretary met Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Saturday and praised Afghan security forces for their work in combatting terrorism, saying Britain would continue to support Afghan troops.
Mr Williamson also met the country's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah who praised Britain's efforts to increase Nato defence spending, a statement from the president's office said.
Meanwhile in Baghdad military leaders in Iraq, Iran and Syria held talks with Russian counterparts today as they seek to drive out the last remnants of Islamic State.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson inspects a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony before his meeting with the president of Afghanistan (not pictured) in Kabul on Saturday
According to Afghan broadcaster 1TV News, Mr Williamson told the country's president that the the security of the two nations was linked.
'A complete peace will only be felt on UK roads and streets when there is peace on the streets of Afghanistan', he was quoted as saying.
Abdullah Abdullah tweeted after the meeting to say he was 'honoured' to meet Britain's Defence Secretary.
He said: 'In our meeting we discussed bilateral relations,