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EU mission in Afghanistan to stay despite troop withdrawal

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The EU mission in Afghanistan has reiterated its commitment to supporting the war-torn country, as international troops continue to withdraw.

Tomas Niklasson, Acting Special Envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan, stated: “As troops are withdrawn, our intention is to stay. Our policy has not changed, our mission hasn’t changed, our commitment to the Afghan people has not changed,” Niklasson stated.

Addressing the EU parliament on Saturday, Niklasson added that the circumstances in Afghanistan are changing and that “we need to make sure that we can adapt to these changes. To remain engaged.”

This comes as foreign forces officially started to withdraw from Afghanistan early this month.

The US forces stated that they have handed over five military bases and an airport to the Afghan forces so far.

Meanwhile, some Afghan MPs stated that the EU’s continued support to Afghanistan is crucial.

MP Khan Aqa Rezaie stated: “The EU and some foreign countries’ stay in Afghanistan to continue supporting the Afghan forces and the government is very vital.”

 

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