PARIS - French President Francois Hollande arrived in Afghanistan on May 25 for a surprise trip to visit France's troops there and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Hollande's office said.
Hollande, who plans to accelerate the withdrawal of French soldiers from Afghanistan to the end of this year, was accompanied by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Hollande - making the latest in a whirl of foreign trips since his May 15 inauguration that have taken him to Berlin, Washington, Chicago and Brussels - will pledge to keep to a long-term cooperation treaty signed with Afghanistan, where France has around 3,400 troops posted, his office said.
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