Reports on Sending Russian Police Trainers Baseless: Afghan Ministry

Politics Materials 3 September 2008 18:12 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan, Kabul, 3 September / Trend corr. A.Hakimi / The Foreign Ministry on 3 September stated that some media reports on dispatching Russian trainers to train Afghan police were groundless.

The reports urging that Russia agreed to dispatch 226 officers to train Afghan police are groundless and the Foreign Ministry rejects it, a statement released here by the Foreign Ministry said.

 Citing  London-registered The Times several Afghan newspapers have reported that the Russian President in a meeting with his counterpart within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tajikistan last week agreed to help Afghanistan in providing training to its police. However, the Afghan Foreign Ministry in the statement added that talks between the  Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Russia over conduct of training for Afghan Border Police are going on.

The United State and Germany currently hold a lead role in conduct of training for the Afghan National Police in the war-torn nation.

President Hamid Karzai who met his Russian counterpart at SCO summit in Dushanbe last week invited him to visit Afghanistan and the Russian president, accepted the invitation in principle, according to the Afghan Foreign Ministry

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