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Secretary of state for Wales meets troops in Kabul

Secretary of state for Wales meets troops in Kabul

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May 30, 2018 - 10:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns paid a 24-hour visit to Kabul to meet soldiers of the Welsh Guards in the Afghan capital, his office said.

Welsh troops in Kabul are exhibiting an “incredible spirit” as they work to support Afghanistaninfo-icon, Cairns was quoted as saying in a statement.

Cairns was briefed on the soldiers’ role in providing security and mentoring help to Afghan officials. He also met senior British army commanders for an update on the troops’ peace-keeping effort.

“I was inspired by the incredible spirit and determination of the soldiers I met who are doing their job in a volatile and often dangerous environmentinfo-icon,” he said.

“This is a regiment with a century-long history of serving across the worldinfo-icon in conflicts from WWII to Palestine and the Falklands. They are now on their third tour of duty in Afghanistan...”

Currently 260 members of the Welsh Guards battle group are in Kabul as part of NATOinfo-icon’s Resolute Support Mission. He visited the Regiment’s base camp and learned about their support for the Afghan National Army Officer Academy.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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