Spain to send 450 soldiers for Afghan election
Spain's cabinet has agreed to send 450 soldiers to Afghanistan next month to reinforce security ahead of the 20 August presidential election, a government statement said Friday.Madrid - Spain's cabinet has agreed to send 450 soldiers to Afghanistan next month to reinforce security ahead of the 20 August presidential election, a government statement said Friday.
But the decision still requires parliamentary approval.
The soldiers will be in place from 21 July and will stay there "for 30 days after 20 August, or after the second round, if one takes place," said the statement issued after a cabinet meeting.
If parliament approves the decision the contingent will strengthen the force of 780 Spanish soldiers already in Afghanistan as part of NATO's 62,000-strong International Security Assistance Force. A total of 42 countries have contributed soldiers to ISAF.
In late May, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that the British contingent of 8,300 soldiers would be temporarily strengthened to 9,000 to reinforce security for the August election.
In a separate decision, Spain plans to send 70 soldiers from October to work with other ISAF troops guarding Kabul airport for a seven-month period, the government said.
AFP / Expatica