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Russia to continue to assist Afghanistan in equipping security forces — foreign ministry

February 29, 2016, 20:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 29. /TASS/. Russia will continue to render assistance to Afghanistan in equipping national security forces for the fight against terrorism and drug threat, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"A large batch of Russian small arms and ammunition for the needs of the Afghan Interior Ministry has been delivered to Afghanistan gratis through the Russian Interior Ministry," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "In view of this, the Afghan authorities have expressed gratitude to the Russian leadership."

"We reaffirm our readiness to continue cooperation with Afghanistan in fighting against terrorism and the drug threat both on the bilateral basis and in cooperation with foreign partners and international organizations," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "We will continue to render assistance to Kabul in establishing and equipping the combat-capable national security forces, in training the personnel for the Afghan law enforcement agencies, including on the basis of specialized Russian universities and colleges.".

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