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Published:March 17th, 2009 20:30 EST
NATO Delegation Visits Afghanistan

NATO Delegation Visits Afghanistan

By SOP newswire3

On the first full day of their visit, the ISAF Ambassadors, led by the Secretary General, split into 5 groups to visit different regions of the country, covering all the Regional Commands. 

The Secretary General, accompanied by a number of NATO and Partner Ambassadors, first went to Ghazni, an area in which Polish forces have the lead.  The delegation was briefed on progress promoting security, governance and development by the Polish commander and by US personnel leading the support for local development. 

The Governor of Ghazni also attended the meetings, expressing his thanks for what international forces are doing for the province, but also setting out his vision of where more should be done. 

The second leg of the visit was to Surobi, where French forces are in command.  This province, part of Regional Command Centre, is strategically critical to Kabul`s security, and the French Commander set out his assessment of the security situation for the Ambassadors and the Secretary General. 

Finally, at the end of the day, the entire NATO delegation met with Afghan Ministers, including Ministers Wardak and Atmar, and National Security Advisor Rassoul, for an exchange of views over dinner.

http://www.nato.int/docu/update/2009/03-march/e0316a.html