Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Aleksander Kwasniewski

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski says that Poland will keep its troops in Iraq until "security is restored."

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski reiterated here Tuesday that his country will keep its troops in Iraq until security is restored to the war-ravaged country.

"We will not pull out our forces ... and we will maintain our mission to the end," he told a press conference at the end of a visit to the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

Poland maintains 2,500 troops in Iraq and has been a staunch supporter of the US-led war there.

"We will not withdraw our troops from Iraq ... but we hope to complete our mission after the transfer of power to Iraqis and once the Iraqi forces, whom we are training, are prepared" to maintain security, Kwasniewski said.

On Friday, Kwasniewski confirmed Warsaw's commitment to rebuilding Iraq during a telephone conversation with US President George W. Bush.


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