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Female Afghan army officers complete training in Turkey

FEMALE AFGHAN ARMY OFFICERS COMPLETE TRAINING IN TURKEY

Some 75 female Afghan commissioned officers successfully completed Friday a military training program in Turkey.

The officers received their certificates in a graduation ceremony at the 3rd Infantry Training Brigade in Turkey's southern Antalya province.

Afghan officers were given a nine-week training program on personnel management, human resources, finance, and logistics.

Speaking at the ceremony, Muhammad Ashiq Gharib, a security advisor to the High Peace Council -- an Afghan body involved in the country's peace efforts, thanked the Turkish Armed Forces for the education program.

"Turkish Armed Forces has been giving great support to our army. We have sent female commissioned officers [to Turkey] because we have full confidence in Turkey," Gharib said.

Lieutenant Fatima Sadat, one of the graduates, said the training program had made substantial contributions to their professional development.

Turkey previously trained female Afghan police cadets in 2016. Since 2011, more than 2,600 Afghan policemen and women have been trained by the Turkish police academy.

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