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Portugal to send second military training team to Afghanistan
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10:18, June 07, 2008

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Portugal's Supreme National Defense Council approved Friday to send another military training team to Afghanistan to help train the Afghan National Army.

In a communique released after the meeting, the Defense Council said Portuguese peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan will accomplish their mission and return to Portugal in August.

But to respond to NATO's request for enhancing assistance to Afghanistan, Portugal agreed to dispatch a second military training team to Afghanistan within four months after its troops withdraw, as well as a transport plane to serve the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the country.

Portuguese Defense Minister Nuno Severiano Teixeira said when he visited Afghanistan last year that his country was committed to maintaining the security and stability of Afghanistan as well as its contributing to its reconstruction.

Portugal sent its first 15-member military training team to Afghanistan earlier this year.

There are currently 161 Portuguese military servicemen serving as a Quick Reaction Force within the framework of the NATO-led ISAF. Most of them are stationed in Kabul.


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