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Minister of National Defence visits Lithuanian servicemembers in Afghanistan


April 13, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis flew into Afghanistan where he will meet with the leadership of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and Lithuanian military personnel serving in Kabul and Herat. The Minister’s delegation includes Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas, Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras, and representatives of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of National Defence, and the Lithuanian Armed Forces.


NATO has been conducting Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan since early 2015. The mission trains the Afghan National Security Forces and is of non-combat nature. The objective of Resolute Support is to train, advice and assist the national security forces, ministries, and other authorities of Afghanistan in ensuring stability in the country.


Resolute Support is headquartered in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. Eight Lithuanian servicemembers are serving in accordance with their areas of competence in different divisions of the headquarters. A team of Lithuanian Military Police officers serving at the headquarters perform international military police functions together with Australian and American colleagues: ensure discipline, prevent criminal offences and other violations. Lithuanian soldiers also perform functions of the national support element, provide logistical support to Lithuanian military personnel serving in Afghanistan.


Five Lithuanians from different units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces serve in different divisions of the Train Advise Assist Command – West (TAAC – West) in north western Afghanistan near Herat.


At the moment twenty Lithuanian soldiers are deployed to serve as part of the Resolute Support Mission in operational headquarters in Kabul and Herat.


On the way back from Afghanistan R.Karoblis and his delegation will stop by the NATO-Georgian Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) in Tbilisi where a Lithuanian officer is serving alongside colleagues from the Baltic and the Nordic countries.

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