Turkey says Afghan role to continue

Turkey said, that contribution of Turkish Armed Forces for training of Afghan security forces would continue without any interruption.

Turkey says Afghan role to continue

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that contribution of Turkish Armed Forces for training of Afghan security forces would continue without any interruption.

The ministry released a statement and said 598 members of the Afghan National Army graduated Gazi Military Training Center on April 1.

"We are pleased with this development which constitutes a significant milestone in Turkey's continued comprehensive civilian and military efforts towards empowering the Afghans assume the ownership of their own destiny," the statement said.

Referring to historical, political, social and cultural relations between Turkey and Afghanistan rooted in history, the ministry statement said, "in addition to the Gazi Military Training Center which will make important contributions to the training of the Afghan National Army in the time ahead, other efforts aimed at the training of the Afghan National Security Forces both in Afghanistan and Turkey will continue unabatedly."

The statement said, "The relations between Turkey and Afghanistan derive their strength from historical, political, social and cultural bonds. Turkey's contributions to the training of the Afghan army rest on a deep-rooted history which dates back to the Agreement on the Formation of the Afghan Army of October 4, 1928."

"Supporting and furthering the Afghan ownership through development and capacity building efforts are among the major priorities of Turkey's assistance policy towards Afghanistan. On this basis, our efforts will continue in the future with the valuable support of the Turkish Armed Forces as well as the Turkish civilian experts including those from the Turkish International Cooperation Agency," the statement said.

The Gazi Training Center was established in February 2010 in Kabul for training of the Afghan National Army by the contributions of the Turkish Armed Forces, Afghan National Army, Kabul Military Command and ISAF.


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