KABUL — Faced with a sudden shift in two critical Afghan security ministries after Parliament dismissed the departments’ chiefs over the weekend, the new leader of the international joint command said allied forces would not let the shakeup derail the transfer of authority to Afghan forces.
‘‘We are going to work with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense regardless of what happens down the road,’’ the commander, Lieutenant General James L. Terry of the Army, said in an interview. ‘‘So the bottom line is I see no real change out there.’’
Terry, who first came to Afghanistan in 2006, started his new role about seven weeks ago, overseeing the war day-to-day and focusing on transferring security operations to Afghan forces by the end of the NATO troop withdrawal deadline in 2014.
US officials have avoided commenting on the Parliament’s dismissal of Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi on Saturday.
Terry, who has worked with both officials during previous tours here and has expressed respect for them, was the first to publicly address the issue.
‘‘I’ve worked with Minister Mohammadi and Minister Wardak since 2006, and I consider them to be Afghan patriots,’’ he said.
On Monday, a tug of war intensified between Parliament and President Hamid Karzai over the ministers’ role. Lawmakers demanded that Karzai quickly replace the men, after he announced on Sunday that he was asking them to remain in their jobs until he found successors — a process that in the past has sometimes taken many months.