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New Zealand to cut number of troops in Afghanistan

New Zealand to cut number of troops in Afghanistan

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The New Zealand government plans a small reduction in the number of its military personnel on the ground in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark made the announcement in a joint statement.

The deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to the NATOinfo-icon-led mission in Afghanistan would be cut from 13 to 11 by March 2020, the top leaders said on Sunday.

The NZDF deployment will continue until December 2020 to support the training of army officers at the National Army Officers’ Academy in partnership with the UK and others.

New Zealand will pursue opportunities for NZDF personnel to support womeninfo-icon, peace and security and reconciliation and reintegration initiatives in Afghanistan.

“New Zealand has made a long-term and substantial commitment to Afghanistan’s security and wellbeing since 2001,” Winston Peters said.

The foreign minister added the NZ government had decided that there was a clear need to continue supporting the non-combat NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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