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Cablegate: Afghanistan: France Shares U.S. Views On Isaf

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SUBJECT: AFGHANISTAN: FRANCE SHARES U.S. VIEWS ON ISAF
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1. (SBU) France is entirely in agreement that the ISAF
transition plan adopted at NATO would be an excellent
deliverable for the London conference, but should not be
confused with a plan to withdraw ISAF forces. Francois
Delmas of the French interagency Afghanistan-Pakistan cell
said on January 15 in response to the points contained in
reftel that the London conference is an opportunity to
reconfirm the international community's political commitment
to Afghanistan. Given the Karzai administration's
difficulties in forming a government, this will be more
challenging. However, that makes concrete deliverables like
the ISAF operational plan annex describing the provincial
transition process all the more valuable.

2. (SBU) Delmas also said that President Sarkozy had repeated
numerous times, most recently following the death of a French
soldier in Afghanistan on January 11, that France would
continue its mission in Afghanistan. The GOF therefore
strongly agrees on the importance of avoiding any suggestion
that the ISAF transition plan implies a drawdown of
international forces.
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