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Minister: Slovak troops to stay in Iraq

THE COUNTRY has no plans to reassess the mission of its troops in Iraq, Defence Minister Juraj Liška told new US Ambassador to Slovakia, Rodolphe M Vallee, on September 9 at an official meeting.

A total of 105 Slovak soldiers are currently deployed under US command in Iraq as part of operation Enduring Freedom. Slovakia recently accepted an American offer to send three officers to operation command headquarters in Baghdad, the TASR news agency reported.

At the meeting, Liška briefed the US ambassador on plans to train 16 Iraqi policemen in Slovakia. The plans recently received approval from the cabinet. However, the plan must still be approved by parliament. The nine-week course should begin on October 1.

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