The Prime Minister has been in talks with the Secretary General of NATO Rasmussen, who is in Rome for a number of meetings prior to the NATO summit in Chicago in late May. Senator Monti noted:
"Italy assures a financial and manpower undertaking committed to the training of Afghan forces...until now taken on by Italy in helping the security of that country...in accordance with the agreement signed by me with President Karzai on 26 January last."
It is no surprise that the Italian forces in Afghanistan are centred on
Herat. Where else? The lovely city, the best carpets...
What is surprising (or perhaps more interesting
than surprising) is their determination to stay after 2014.
It must be the proximity to all
that oil and gas.