New police training mission is vital, Afghan minister tells MPs

The Dutch police training mission to Afghanistan will not be involved in anything but improving local standards of policing, Afghan’s home affairs minister told a parliamentary committee on Monday.

It is of ‘vital importance’ to improve the capacity of the Afghan police force, Bismillah Khan Mohammadi told MPs. ‘The Dutch training mission means a lot to us.’
The minister also thanked the Netherlands for its role with the military mission which ended in August. ‘The Afghan people will never forget it,’ he said, highlighting the Dutch contribution to security, education and justice.
In total, 28 officials and diplomats will be questioned by the committee on Monday.
The discussion comes ahead of a parliamentary debate on Wednesday and Thursday, when MPs will vote on the cabinet’s plans to send a 545-strong mission to the northern province of Kunduz.
The vote is expected to be very tight, with all eyes on GroenLinks and the ChristenUnie, where support for the plan is wavering.
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