French President Francois Hollande arrived in Kabul on Friday for talks with his Afghan counterpart and to tell Frenchcheap michael kors bagtroops why he will pull them out of the war-torn country by the end of 2012 -- two years ahead of NATO allies.
It is Hollande's first visit to Afghanistan since taking office earlier this month. He was accompanied by French defence and foreign ministers, michael kors bagsJean-Yves Le Drian and Laurent Fabius, and chief of army staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud.
The French head of state flew into Kabul at around 8:30 am (0400 GMT) for a previously unannounced visit expected to MK Michael Kors Grayson last a few hours.
He is due to hold talks with President Hamid Karzai and hold a joint news conference.
Aides said he would also "explain himself" to French soldiers why he had decided to hasten their exit from the nearly 11-year war.
Hollande told US President Barack Obama MK Michael Kors New Arrivals at the G8 summit in Camp David and made it clear at the NATO summit in Chicago that he would not renege on a campaign pledge to repatriate French combat troops a year earlier than Paris planned.
There are 3,550 French soldiers in Afghanistan. Eighty-three have died since late 2001, when US-led troops invaded to bring down MK Michael Kors Tote Bags the Taliban regime after the 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks on the United States.