Polish, U.S. generals discuss Afghan mission

09:54, April 08, 2010      

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Poland's Chief of the General Staff, General Franciszek Gagor and visiting General David H. Petraeus, Commander of the U.S. Central Command, met here on Wednesday to discuss the Afghan mission, troops training and experience from the operation for the Polish army.

Petraeus confirmed during a press conference that in a few months a 800-1,000 strong U.S. battalion would reinforce Poland's ISAF forces in the Afghan province Ghazni.

This will be a perfect occasion for further cooperation, the general said and praised U.S.-Polish collaboration in Iraq and in the Balkans.

Petraeus said that the U.S. troops would be placed under the Polish commander who is responsible for the province.

Currently there are some 2,000 Polish soldiers stationed in Ghanzi. Poland plans to increase the size of its ISAF (NATO-led multinational peacekeeping force International Security Assistance Force ) contingent to 2,600 soldiers in April.

Also on Wednesday Petraeus met with Polish President Lech Kaczynski who awarded the general with the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and the Iraq Star.

On Thursday Petraeus will meet with Polish Defence Minister Bogdan Klich and deliver a lecture at the National Defence Academy.

Source: Xinhua


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