German troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016
KABUL (Pajhwok): German troops would stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016, announced the German defence minister during a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Monday.
Ghani and Ursula von der Leyen, who met in the afternoon, discussed the stay of German troops in Afghanistan and continued cooperation between the two countries, the statement said.
Leyen said German forces would remain in Afghanistan beyond 2016. A day earlier, the Presidential Palace said Germany would increase the number of its forces in Afghanistan to 980.
In her meeting with Ghani, the German minister said NATO members had agreed not to end the alliance mission in Afghanistan which needed sustainable cooperation for peace and stability.
She said all NATO members had proved they were committed to continuing their assistance with Afghanistan.
She said Afghan defence and security forces had remarkably improved and developed and that Germany would help strengthen the 209th Shaheen Military Crops in the north.
Germany would also help develop the capacity of Afghan security forces and would train the Afghan National Army (ANA) in construction engineering sector, she said.
President Ghani thanked Germany for its long-term support for the Afghan defence and security forces and said improvement in security situation would lead to Afghanistan’s economic development.
He said the Afghan government would complete the railroad to Aqnina dry port and had finalised studies for the Kunduz City-Sher Khan dry port.
The president said local police would not be used for political or personal purposes and would work under the Ministry of Interior’s framework and would be controlled by police headquarters in each province.
Ghani said Afghanistan would follow a foreign policy that served national and regional interests and created an environment of trust.
He said the undeclared war against Afghanistan should be ended and the talks should be translated into practical steps.
Creating the environment of trust and joint economic goals could bring peace and stability to the region, he said.
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