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Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has backed Nato plans for Afghan troops to take control of the country's security by 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has welcomed a Nato agreement to return Afghanistan to the control of the country’s security forces by 2014.

Making his return to Parliament after two weeks on paternity leave, Mr Miliband said he was determined to build “unity of purpose” with the Government on the issue.

In a statement to MPs, the Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the agreements made by alliance leaders at a Nato summit in Lisbon last week.

Mr Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to end British involvement in combat operations in Afghanistan by 2015, telling the Commons that Britain would then have “played a huge role in the international coalition and made massive sacrifices for a better, safer and stronger Afghanistan”.

Mr Miliband said: “The best way we in this House can support our troops is at all times seeking to build unity of purpose and I am determined to do that on the issue of Afghanistan.

“Can I say in that context that we support the outcome of the Nato summit on Afghanistan.”

He said Labour “strongly support” the Afghan forces taking “full security responsibility” in 2014 and agree that ending British combat operations in 2015 is “right”.

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