Saturday, April 25, 2009

Romania To Send 150 More Soldiers To Afghanistan - President

BUCHAREST (AFP)--Romania will send around 150 additional troops to Afghanistan to take part in intelligence gathering and training of the Afghan army, President Traian Basescu said Friday.

"In the coming months, we'll send 140-150 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, who will be involved in intelligence gathering, medical assistance and training of Afghan troops," Basescu told a joint news conference with North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

The decision to boost the Romanian contingent had already been approved by parliament, he added.

Romania currently has 956 soldiers in Afghanistan, including 899 in NATO's International Security Assistance Force and 57 as part of a U.S.-led force fighting Taliban insurgents.

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