‘No decision to withdraw Italian troops from Afghanistan’

Rome: Italian Defence Minister Elizabetta Trenta has not yet decided to pull out the country’s troops from war-torn Afghanistan, officials said after reports that the withdrawal could take place within a year.

“At the moment no decision has been made, only an evaluation by the minister,” said the officials of the League Party, which governs Italy in coalition with the populist Five-Star Movement.

“We’ll do what we need to do to bring peace and stability back to the country,” they added.

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Earlier on Monday, Defence Ministry officials said that Trenta had asked an inter-force committee to look at a plan to withdraw approximately 900 Italian soldiers from Afghanistan and that the timescale “could be 12 months”.


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