As well as Germany intending to publicly reveal their new strategy for the Afghanistan war, President Sarkozy has stated France will not be sending any more front line troops.
Didn't Bob (Ainsworth) say he had assurances from European countries that they would contribute towards the extra military the US desire?
On Monday President Sarkozy reaffirmed he will send groups of 'trainers'. "If we want to reinforce the training force for the Afghan army, to regulate Afghan police, to realise the work of civil security, then why not," he said.
There are around 3,500 French soldiers fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan. There are over 10,000 British troops.
It appears Mr Brown's international conference on Afghanistan, taking place tomorrow in London, is already slowly disintegrating although the outcome has already been decided. He may decided to stay out of the way in Northern Ireland and leave the hosting to one of his ministers.