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Pakistan willing to train Afghan army, police: FM

06-25-2010 08:42 BJT

ISLAMABAD, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Thursday reiterated his country's offer to train Afghan army and police.

Pakistan on a number of occasions had extended the offer to impart training to Afghan army, but Afghanistan has not accepted the offer.

Pakistani Foreign Minister met his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rasool in Islamabad and reiterated the army training offer but there was no mention to the offer by the Afghanistan foreign minister when he spoke on his turn.

"Pakistan has once again offered to train Afghan national army, police and Afghan diplomats," Qureshi said in his opening statement at a joint press conference with Afghan counterpart.

Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasool told the news conference that they have comprehensive discussion on security and bilateral issues. He noted that bilateral relations have improved tremendously.

He said that he briefed Qureshi about the International Conference on Afghanistan in Kabul scheduled next month, which will bring together representatives of more than 70 partner countries, international and regional organizations and financial institutions to deliberate and endorse an Afghan government-led plan for improved development, governance and stability.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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