BELGIUM–(ENEWSPF)–20 January 2012. Unfortunately, this is a very sad day for our troops in Afghanistan and for the French people. I would like to express my condolences for the four French soldiers who were killed today and my sympathy to those who were wounded. I pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of all our troops in Afghanistan.
Such tragic incidents are terrible and grab headlines, but they are isolated. The reality is that every day, 130,000 ISAF troops from 50 nations fight and train with over 300,000 Afghan soldiers. That takes a lot of trust among a lot of soldiers.
We have the same goal. An Afghanistan that is responsible for its own security. That is what Afghans want. And we remain committed to helping Afghans
achieve that goal.