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Foreign Minister Spanta Receives Italian and German Counterparts

Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema visited Afghanistan in late May in preparation for a July 3 conference in Rome on Afghanistan's justice system. D'Alema met with Italian soldiers in Afghanistan, where Italy has 2,000 troops stationed, and held consultations with Foreign Minister Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta.

Dr. Spanta reiterated Afghanistan’s appreciation for contribution of Italian government in stabilizing and rebuilding of Afghanistan, in particular Italy ’s active involvement in the Afghan judicial system. Foreign Minister D’Alema reiterated Italian’s resolve to remain fully engaged with Afghanistan. “Italy is going to stay in Afghanistan until peace and democracy is established in this nation,” he said.

Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank Steinmeier met with Dr. Spanta on May 22. Minister Steinmeier expressed his satisfaction with the progress that Afghanistan has made in the last five years and reiterated Germany’s commitment to remain fully engaged in the mission in Afghanistan. Minister Steinmeier reaffirmed a commitment made by European Union member countries earlier this month to send about 160 experts on a mission to train Afghan police starting next month under German command.

Dr. Spanta thanked the German Government and people for the process of stabilization, reconstruction and democratization of Afghanistan. In the interest of improving relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dr. Spanta accepted an invitation to take part in the forthcoming G8 Foreign Ministers’ meeting plus Afghanistan and Pakistan, which is due to be held in Germany on May 30.

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