Spanish PM expresses commitment for Afghan army, police

09:40, November 07, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Spanish Prime Minister Jos Luis Rodrguez Zapatero paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Saturday and held meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a statement released by Afghanistan's Presidential Palace said.

The visiting Spanish premier, according to the statement, expressed his government's commitment in training and equipping Afghan army and police.

Karzai at the meeting briefed the Spanish prime minister on his government's efforts for talks with the armed opposition and in finding a negotiated settlement to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The security situation in Afghanistan, upcoming NATO conference in Lisbon and the issue of transferring security responsibilities to Afghan security forces had also came under discussion.

Foreign dignitaries often pay visit to Afghanistan without prior information due to security concerns.

Accompanying by his defense and foreign ministers, the Spanish prime minister also toured Badghis provincial capital Qalai Now and visited his troops there.

More than 1500 Spanish soldiers have been stationed in Afghanistan within the framework of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion