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    Georgia ready to train Afghan forces

    KABUL (PAN): The Georgian government on Sunday expressed its willingness to train Afghan security forces, President Hamid Karzai’s office said. 

    Visiting Georgian Vice-Prime Minister Irakli Alasania made the offer at a meeting with Karzai in Kabul, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

    Alasania also briefed the president on his trip to southern Helmand province, where he met Georgian soldiers. He billed his meeting with Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi as productive.

    He extended an invitation from Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to Karzai to visit the former Soviet state. Karzai accepted the invitation.

    Also on Sunday, a British parliamentary delegation, led by James Arbuthnot, met the president. The two sides discussed the ongoing peace process and security transition to Afghan forces.

    Karzai called the security transition process satisfactory, seeking cooperation from the international community in strengthening Afghan forces.

    If international aid was spent through the government in Kabul, Afghanistan would have a bright and prosperous future, the president believed, hoping the world would continue to assist his country.

    The president also referred to a recent trilateral meeting among Afghan, UK and Pakistani officials. He also welcomed the release of Taliban prisoners by the Pakistan government in response to High Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani’s request.

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