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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 30, 2009


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman


For Immediate Release October 30, 2009 February 27, 2009
2009/1087



ROK: Announcement about Afghanistan

Question: Do you have any comment on South Korea’s announcement that it will send 300 troops to Afghanistan?

Answer:
· We welcome the ROK announcement that it will expand its assistance to Afghanistan. We are confident that this assistance will be of great value to the people of Afghanistan.

· This announcement reflects the ROK’s growing commitment to addressing problems of global concern. We consider the ROK to be a vital partner in such efforts.

· The government of the ROK has stated that it made this decision in response to the government of Afghanistan’s request for assistance. The Korean government made its own determination regarding the assistance it can provide.

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