British Prime Minister David Cameron says the killing of Osama bin Laden won’t necessarily lead to a speedier withdrawal for foreign troops from Afghanistan.
Mr. Cameron told BBC radio on Tuesday that bin Laden’s death was “clearly a helpful development, but it will not necessarily change any timetables.”
NATO and U.S. forces plan to quit their combat role in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The U.S. plans to begin pulling out some of its nearly 100,000 troops from in July.
Mr. Cameron says allies should use the development to persuade Taliban fighters to renounce violence and enter talks aimed to drawing them into the political mainstream.
Allies “should use it as an opportunity to say to the Taliban -- now is moment to separate from Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.”