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UPDATED: 11:47, February 21, 2007
Polish defence minister meets Afghan ambassador over troops dispatch
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Poland's Defence Minister Aleksander Szczyglo on Tuesday met with Afghanistan's ambassador Abdul E. Haider to discuss bilateral relations and Poland's military dispatch to Afghanistan, the Polish media reported.

The two officials talked about the role of a Polish military contingent currently operating in Afghanistan, and a possible troops supplement to the country.

Poland's increased involvement in the mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) will play a vital role in the restoration of peace and stability and contribute to the reconstruction of the country's infrastructure, a statement released after the meeting said.

There are currently more than 100 Polish soldiers in Afghanistan. Last year the Polish government promised to send 1,000 more troops in the first half of this year.

On Friday, head of the Polish Army General Staff Franciszek Gagor announced that the Polish military had chosen where it would station its additional forces in Afghanistan, but did not elaborate.

According to the Polish news agency PAP, soldiers from Poland's Operational Mobile Reaction Group (GROM) unit will leave for Afghanistan in the coming days. On Monday the troops received an official farewell from the defence minister and the military chief.

Due to the high risk of military operations in Afghanistan, sending more troops into the country is strongly opposed by many Poles. The latest opinion poll conducted by the Polish National Public Opinion Center showed that nearly 80 percent of Poles were against the deployment of Polish troops in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua

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