April 3, 2008 / 4:24 PM / 11 years ago

NATO confirms long-term Afghan commitment

BUCHAREST, April 3 (Reuters) - NATO leaders confirmed on Thursday their "firm and shared long-term commitment" to Afghanistan but also pledged to aid a transition to Afghan forces by boosting their training.

"We will provide the training teams and help provide the equipment needed to meet the goal of an effective 80,000-strong Afghan army by 2010," the leaders of NATO countries and all those participating in its peacekeeping mission said in a statement agreed at a summit, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters. (Reporting by Mark John; Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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