Amman: The Jordanian government Wednesday confirmed that it had received an official request from the NATO alliance to train the Afghan Army.
"We have received a request for training Afghan policemen and we are still studying it," Minister of State for Media Affairs Nabil Sharif said at a press conference.
He did not give further details, but the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen indicated during a visit to Jordan last week that the alliance was in the process of establishing formal cooperation with Jordan in this respect, given Amman`s success in training Iraqi troops and police forces after the 2003 US-led invasion.
"We are very grateful that Jordan has offered similar assistance with the training of Afghan National Security Forces, and I hope that we can soon formalise our cooperation in this area," Rasmussen said in a lecture at the Jordan Institute of Diplommacy.
Sharif`s statement coincided with a call by the Muslim Brotherhood movement on the Jordanian government to reject the NATO pressure.
"Jordan has no interest to enter a battle raging between the Afghan people and the NATO alliance because such a step will turn Jordan into a partner in the atrocities committed by the US forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan," the group`s leader, Hammam Saeed, said in a statement Tuesday.
Jordan has about 90 military personnel in Afghanistan, thus becoming the only Arab country to have a military presence in the war-torn Islamic country.