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troops abroad

Agreement on Afghanistan "closer"

Published tisdag 26 oktober 2010 kl 12.32
It is now all about finding the right form of words, says the prime minister

Updated 19:15

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and opposition leader Mona Sahlin say they have come closer to a broad agreement on the Swedish troops in Afghanistan, after talks held on Tuesday.

Reinfeldt told the news agency TT that setting a clear purpose for the Afghanistan force, including talking about dates, was a good idea. Before the elections, he was much more critical of the red-green agreement to start pulling out of Afghanistan already next year and that the Swedish troops should be out of there in 2013.

Now Sahlin and the Socialdemocrats are stressing also the importance of adjusting the pull-out date to the ability of Afghan forces taking over the security in the country.

On Tuesday, the Left party leader Lars Ohly seemed more sceptical than Sahlin to the possibilities of a broad agreement, telling TT that "we have not seen anything concrete yet".

The government's proposal on the Afghanistan force will be put before the parliament on the fourth of November, next week.

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