German minister insists on training Afghan forces
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The German Interior Minister Hans Peter Friedrich on Sunday insisted on equipping and training of the Afghan forces for the successful completion of security switch.
Inaugurating a German-funded police academy in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, Friedrich said the security transition from international troops to Afghan forces should be completed as per its schedule in 2014.
He reiterated his government’s commitment, saying Germany would continue its support to equip and strengthen Afghan National Security Force (ANSF).
The first phase of the transition process was completed in Bamyan, Panjsher, Kabul, Mehtarlam, Lashkargah, Herat City and Mazar-i-Sharif.
Funded by the German Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), the construction of the police academy, cost of 19 million euro (1.2 billion afghanis), took two years to complete, a foreign official told Pajhwok on condition of anonymity.
The official added that 60 Afghan policemen were being trained at the academy presently, expecting the number would increase to 800 in the forthcoming month. The eight-week training for the police would be delivered by Afghan trainers, he added.
Previously, the German government had construed a centre for the police to get preliminary studies in Mazar-i-Sharif. German government has funded several development schemes, including the construction of a 600-bed hospital, whose work is underway.
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