Singapore welcomes Obama’s decision on Afghanistan

Xinhua News

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday the country welcomes the United States’ continued commitment in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled his new Afghanistan strategy Tuesday night, saying he will deploy another 30,000 soldiers to the war-weary country, mainly in the first half of 2010.

“This is a positive and pragmatic way forward. Singapore continues to support the multinational stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Weapon Locating Radar and a medical team are now deployed in Oruzgan province and an engineering team in Bamiyan province in support of these efforts.

The ministry said that Singapore has also offered to deploy a KC-135 aerial refueling tanker and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle detachment if these are useful to the multinational efforts. Singapore has also been offering a variety of training programs for Afghan officials, including healthcare, anti-narcotics control, and water and waste management.

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