Hague praises Helmand PRT services
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague on Thursday praised the role of the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in training Afghan youngsters and community leaders.
The PRT, which was formally closed today in line with President Hamid Karzai’s request, helped almost 18,000 young people to benefit from vocational training courses, including 5,000 women, the secretary said in a statement.
During seven years of the PRT operations, over 800 community elders involved in mediation attended workshops on Afghan law and the constitution, with a particular emphasis on the rights of women and children, he added.
The teacher training colleges in Lashkargah and Greshk currently have almost 700 students enrolled, including 446 females. All health facilities and 61 percent of schools in the province were open, he said.
The PRT drawdown has involved the handover of many activities to the Afghan government, while other work programmes will be led from the British Embassy in Kabul.
“Closure of the PRT marks a change in the UK’s relationship with Helmand, but does not mark its end. The UK has made an enduring commitment to Afghanistan and the British Embassy in Kabul will continue to work with the Afghan government and the Helmand governor to ensure public services in the province continue to improve.”
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