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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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