Belgium has responded positively to a request sent by American president Barack Obama.
For the moment, Belgium has 600 soldiers in Afghanistan. They are located in the capital Kabul, in Kunduz (north) and Kandahar (southern Afghanistan). Their task is to guard the international airport and to train Afghan security forces.
Key ministers also decided that Belgium will help in training Afghan police. The budget for development aid will also be raised to 13 million euros per year.
Belgium will also open a proper embassy in Kabul. Until now, our country only had an office (small photo: Belgian Defence minister Pieter De Crem).