U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. is committed to Afghanistan for the long haul.
Gates met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul Tuesday. Finding ways to strengthen and increase recruiting in the Afghan National Army was among the topics they discussed.
At a news conference with Gates, Karzai said it would be 15 years before Afghanistan would be able to pay the cost of maintaining the Afghan security forces.
Gates said the U.S. would not turn away from Afghanistan and would not abandon the nation.
He was the first member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet to visit since Obama announced last week that he is sending 30,000 reinforcements to Afghanistan.