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PublishDate: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00

French troops to stay in Afghanistan

French Defense Minister urged the international community must provide long-term financial support for Afghanistan after 2014

French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet following his two day visit to Afghanistan on Sunday announced that French armed forces will stay in Afghanistan after withdrawal of coalition troops in 2014.
Mr. Gerard Longuet arrived to Afghanistan on Saturday to visit Afghan officials and French troops AOP reported.
At the end of a two-day visit to the war-wracked country, Longuet told reporters at Kabul airport that a “treaty of friendship” was being prepared between France and Afghanistan.
French defence minister Gerard Longuet also urged that the international community must provide long-term financial support for Afghanistan after NATO-led forces leave the country in 2014
He also expressed his support for U.S. efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban, saying a proposed Taliban liaison office outside Afghanistan would provide a venue for those within the radical Islamic movement who are willing to explain their positions.
Longuet said, president Hamid Karzai explained the reasons … for Doha as a venue for meetings where the Taliban who wish to do so can express themselves and meet with Afghans or members of the coalition who wish to talk to them.
The announcement of French troops presence in Afghanistan was announced by Mr. Gerard in Dushanbe the capital city of Tajikistan.
France has an air force unit is based in Dushanbe since 2001 to provide services for the coalition forces in Afghanistan.
France is currently having has 3,600 soldiers in Afghanistan serving under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.
The 3,600-member French force in Afghanistan will be reduced to 3,000 by late 2012.

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