Sweden reaches agreement on Afghan troops

Nov. 1, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Swedish officials say they have reached an agreement on the country's military mission in Afghanistan.

Government officials spent the weekend negotiating with the Social Democrats and the Green Party to come up with an agreement on when Sweden's role in Afghanistan changes from a combat mission to one of support, the Swedish news agency TT reported.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin and Green Party spokesman Peter Eriksson planned to announce details of the agreement at a news conference Monday, TT said.

Sweden's Left Party said it abandoned the talks because the Social Democrats and the Green Party didn't stand by an earlier agreement about the future presence of Swedish troops in Afghanistan.

The talks were based on the goal of handing over responsibility for security to Afghan forces by 2014.

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