The Afghan Office of the National Security Council (NSC) has lambasted a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to turn the US mission in Afghanistan over to private military companies.
"In no manner does the government of Afghanistan condone this destructive and divisive debate," the NSC said in a statement, warning that the government would never "allow the counter-terrorism fight to become a private, for-profit business."
The statement also referred to Afghan security and defense forces which "have the primary responsibility and authority for safeguarding […] our national sovereignty, and the independence and territorial integrity of our beloved country and people."
In August, US Defense Secretary James Mattis rejected Prince's plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan, which the Pentagon chief said was not a "wise idea".
Also that month, media reported that US President Donald Trump was allegedly interested in the plan, something that was stoked by a YouTube video Prince released in July to suggest that the switch would save the US money and resources.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for her part, said that Trump is "committed to finding a political solution to end the conflict in Afghanistan."
In an effort to put an end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, which has already claimed the lives of more than 2,400 Americans, the US has been bombing the country at a rate that is unprecedented since the US military started publishing data on its aerial campaigns in 2009.