FM Deputy Meets Czech Defense Minister

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister, Jawed Ludin met with Dr. Alexandar Vondra Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic yesterday morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ludin expressed appreciation for the Czech Republic’s support and assistance to the people of Afghanistan during the past ten years. “We are keen to further enhance and deepen the bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic in different areas.”
Mr. Vondra expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality of Afghan authorities and emphasized the continued cooperation between the two countries. “The Czech forces will be present in Afghanistan until 2014 and will continue cooperating with the Afghan Government in the areas of training and equipping the country’s security forces,” Dr. Vondra said.
Currently, 720 Czech soldiers are engaged in peace and security efforts in Afghanistan.
The Czech-run Provincial Reconstruction Team is based in Logar. The team will remain in the province until 2014 to complete ongoing and other the reconstruction projects.
Czech Republic has also helped Afghanistan in the areas of public health, cultural and scientific cooperation and transportation.
The first friendship treaty between the two countries was signed in 1937 in Paris.

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