As Sir William Patey prepares to leave his office in Kabul with its magnificent view of the snow-capped Hindu Kush, it is not the beauty of the country occupying his thoughts.
Scottish, outspoken and often controversial, he has always been an unlikely diplomat.
The father-of-two is using his last days before he retires to urge the international community not to abandon Afghanistan in 2014 and rick repeating the mistakes of 2002.
He said: “When we leave and the Afghans are responsible for security and delivering their own national health service and education service, this country will look like a different place – but it’s still got a long way to go.
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