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NZDF commitment in Afghanistan extended

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/07/2016

New Zealand is extending and increasing its commitment to training Afghan army officers.

Since 2013 the NZDF has contributed eight personnel to the Afghan army's officer academy just outside Kabul.

That is being increased to 10 and the training commitment is being extended until June 2018, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced on Tuesday.

"These young leaders are necessary for the development of an enduring professional army," he said.

"To date 1651 troops have graduated from the academy since October 2013."

The academy is led by the UK and is part of NATO's Afghanistan support mission.

In a separate announcement, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said New Zealand would provide a further $2.8 million for the Afghan national police and the prison department.

"Afghanistan continues to face a number of serious challenges, particularly around security and the maintenance of law and order," he said.

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