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France to back Afghanistan in 'different way'

France to back Afghanistan in 'different way'

May 19, 2012 - 11:34

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Newly-inaugurated French socialist President Francois Hollande assured his American counterpart Barack Obama that France would continue supporting Afghanistaninfo-icon but in a “different way” -- a commitment that would be revealed in coming days.

At a joint news conference at the White House, Hollande reminded Obama that he would keep his recent election promise made to his nation on Afghanistan -- to withdraw French troops by the end of 2012.

“We will continue to support Afghanistan in a different way, our support will take a different format and all of that will be done in good understanding with our allies within ISAFinfo-icon (International Security Assistance Force). 

“And so we will continue and comply with our commitment to that country, and supply and support in a different way,” said Hollande.

“We will discuss that further in Chicago and I am pretty sure I will find the right means so that our allies can continue with their mission and at the same time I can comply with the promise I made to the French people,” he said, referring to the NATOinfo-icon summit in Chicago beginning on Sunday.

This was the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. “We agreed that even as we transition out of a combat phase in Afghanistan, that it's important we sustain our commitment in helping Afghans build security and continue down the path of development,” said Obama.



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