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Prime Minister Defends Afghan Troop Deployment

Published måndag 8 februari 2010 kl 13.24
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt defended Sweden's involvement in Afghanistan

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says he has no plans to end Sweden's troop deployment in Afghanistan.

The prime minister was speaking following the killing on Sunday of two Swedish soldiers by a gunman wearing Afghan police uniform.

Reinfeldt, who visited the Swedish troops in Afghanistan in January, told TT that the Swedes' mission was vital in aiding the country's development and described the moment he went on foot patrol with some Swedish troops where he was able to talk with the local population.

"I could drink tea with village elders and talk with young men about not having a job. I could exchange a few words in English with a girl on a street corner, which shows there are educational possibilities in a country where there were no human rights earlier."

Defence minister Sten Tolgfors added that it was important that Sweden continued its task in Afghanistan.

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