Pullout from Afghanistan not imminent

5th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

NEW YORK, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated France's desire to pull its troops out of Afghanistan, but signalled it would not abandon its allies there, in an interview published Tuesday.

NEW YORK, June 5, 2007 (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated France's desire to pull its troops out of Afghanistan, but signalled it would not abandon its allies there, in an interview published Tuesday.

"We do not have the mission to stay there forever, but to leave now would show a lack of unity with our allies," Sarkozy was quoted as saying in The New York Times.

Sarkozy pledged before his election last month to bring French troops back home, while the United States has been calling for nations to contribute more forces to battle a Taliban insurrection.

France currently has 1,000 troops serving with the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, as well as Rafale fighter jets supporting the international force battling Taliban forces.

Sarkozy said a solution needed to be found "between the two extremes" to continue with the important job of training the Afghan army.
 

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Subject: French news

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