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Surprise visit Fillon Afghanistan



French Prime minister Francois Fillon (L) sits with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R) on February 11, 2010 in Kabul. Fillon Attended a repatriation ceremony on the tarmac of Kabul airport for The Remains of a 20-year-old French soldier killed in fighting in Afghanistan this week, His aids said. AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH

AFP / MEHDI FEDOUACH



Less than two days after the death of a French soldier, François Fillon arrived in Kabul. He also began his visit with a ceremony funeral tribute to Enguerrand Libaert, the victim of the 13th Mountain Infantry Battalion of Chambéry, killed in operation Tuesday.

It must then meet with Karzai at the presidential palace.

The young soldier died Tuesday in Kapisa province (east), in the sub responsibility of the French army area within the NATO International Security Assistance (ISAF) of NATO, was killed in the fortieth French Afghanistan since the deployment of the first Allied troops in late 2001.

On this occasion, French President Nicolas Sarkozy had "strongly condemned the indiscriminate violence" but also "expressed the determination of France to continue working within the ISAF.

The France will send some 80 military instructors over, announced Friday the French Defence Minister Herve Morin, far from the demands of the United States, however, by far the largest contributors of troops in international forces Washington pleading for sending thousands of trainers.

The France currently has some 3,750 troops in the Afghan theater of operations, including nearly 3,500 on Afghan soil.

France contributes less than its neighbors

The French Prime Minister, accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Jean-Louis Georgelin, will also meet with US General Stanley McChrystal, commander of ISAF and US forces in Afghanistan.

In the afternoon, Francois Fillon will travel "on several sites where there are French soldiers" in particular "reconstruction related to the service of the Afghan people," said his services without specifying the exact locations for security reasons.

The announcement Friday sent 80 military instructors and more French in Afghanistan is consistent with statements made by President Sarkozy on the fact that France would not send additional combat troops.

She contrasted no less with the reinforcements announced by comparable NATO countries such as Italy (1000), the UK (500) and Germany (500 350 in reserve), since the United UNite themselves have announced the dispatch of 30,000 soldiers as reinforcements in 2010.

International forces account for the time some 113 000 soldiers from forty countries in Afghanistan, more than two-thirds of Americans.

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