Spain refuses to send more troops to Kabul

30th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2007, MADRID — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Tuesday Spain will not increase its military presence in Afghanistan, where some 700 Spanish troops form part of the multilateral force there under a U.N. mandate.

30 January 2007

MADRID — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Tuesday Spain will not increase its military presence in Afghanistan, where some 700 Spanish troops form part of the multilateral force there under a U.N. mandate.

"The government is not going to increase its military presence in Afghanistan," Zapatero said at a press conference alongside visiting Mexican president Felipe Calderon.

Spanish defence minister Jose Antonio Alonso said on Monday the government "has not made any decision, nor even an outline of a decision" as to whether or not Spanish troop strength would be increased.

Alonso made the statement in Afghanistan, where the governor of the western province in which most of the Spanish troops are stationed made an explicit appeal to him for an increase in the number of Spanish soldiers.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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