John Key announced today that New Zealand will leave Afghanistan in April. Make no mistake that is great news although I hope no more Kiwi’s have to die for nothing until then but my question is this: “What has changed since the last soldiers died and now that allows for this change of heart? Are the people of Bamiyan all of a sudden safe from the “Taliban”. Are the Afghans treating their women better are no more children being beheaded or are we finally shot of the opium trade? Hmmm….!
The New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team will return to New Zealand from Bamiyan Province by the end of April next year.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman confirmed Cabinet have signed off on the date of withdrawal.