Francois Hollande surprise visit to Nijrab Base, Afghansitan
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Kabul : Afghanistan | May 25, 2012 at 4:48 AM PDT
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French President Makes Surprise visit to Afghanistan

President Francois Hollande visits 3,550 french troops at Nijrab Base in the northeastern province of Kapisa, Afghanistan on Friday. He told the troops that France is actively coordinanting with Nato allies and Afghan authorities about its immediate exit from war.

He made it clear that the exit will be made two years before the rest of the 130,000 US-led NATO contingent. France final stand on exit from Afghanistan has already been made public in G8 Summit in Camp David and NATO summit in Chicago. It is reported that eighty three soldiers have been died since 2001. France provided the fifth largest contingent to supprt US-NATO forces to wage war against Taliban insurgents after 9/11.

On withdrawal decision, french president Francois Hollande said, "It's a sovereign decision. Only France can decide what France does. It will be conducted in good understanding with our allies, especially President Obama, who understands the reasons, and in close consultation with Afghan authorities." He also added, "Without having totally disappeared, the terrorist threat from Afghanistan to our and our allies' territory has been partially curbed, France would continue development projects in Afghanistan but the time has come for Afghans to "take the path they choose freely" in deciding the future of their country."

Source: The Guardian, The News

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