Brit Gen to head NATO forces till Petraeus` confirmation

UK Lt Gen Nick Parker is now interim commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2010, 11:33 AM IST

Washington: British Lieutenant-General Nick Parker would serve as the interim commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan till the US Senate confirms General David Petraeus` appointment.

British Prime Minister David Cameron informed this to President Barack Obama during a telephonic conversation, a White House statement said, adding Obama informed the British Premier that he had accepted General Stanley McChrystal`s resignation.

It will take some time before Petraeus` appointment is confirmed by the Senate.

"The Prime Minister confirmed that UK Lieutenant General Nick Parker would serve as the acting Commander of NATO`s International Security Assistance Force mission until a new US Commander is confirmed by Congress," the White House said in a statement.

Obama reiterated his desire for the Senate to confirm General David Petraeus for this role as swiftly as possible, it added.

"Prime Minister Cameron said that General Parker, who has served as the Deputy Commander to ISAF since September 2009, asked him to convey to the President that the mission `would not miss a beat` and that he was fully confident in our shared strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan," the White House said.

PTI