Czech deputy PM visits Afghanistan

08:54, March 03, 2010      

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The Deputy Prime Minister of Czech Republic Martin Bartak paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday and exchanged views with President Hamid Karzai, a statement released by the Presidential Palace said.

"Martin Bartak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Czech Republic visited Afghanistan today and held meeting with President Karzai," said the statement.

Their talks focused on various issues including enhancing bilateral relations and continued Czech military and civilian assistance to reconstruction process in Afghanistan, the statement said.

Karzai thanked Czech government for its cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan and expressed the wish that the Czech Republic would enhance its role in helping with human capacity building by providing educational scholarships to Afghan youths for higher studies, it added.

Some 250 soldiers from Czech Republic have been serving in Afghanistan with the framework of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Source: Xinhua
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