Powell Happy for Britain to Lead Afghan Force

Published December 11th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that he was happy for Britain to lead a proposed multinational force in Afghanistan. 

"I am pleased the UK is willing to step forward and volunteer for a leadership role," Powell said after a meeting with his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine in Paris. 

"We still have to get the UN resolution in place as soon as possible," he said.  

Powell is on the last day of a week-long tour of central Asia and Europe. He travels to London later Tuesday. 

Britain has indicated that it is ready to lead a peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, but a defense ministry official in London said no announcement was expected before the end of the week at the earliest – Paris (AFP)

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