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Lithuanian National Defence Minister Gediminas Kirkilas met with EU Special Representative in Afghanistan

2005.05.19

On Thursday, 19 May the EU Special Representative in Afghanistan Francesc Vendrell at a  meeting with the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas thanked for Lithuania's efforts to actively contribute to the restoration of Afghanistan.

"I had to come to Lithuania because I highly appreciate your undertaking to lead the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan and I always set Lithuania as an example when I speak with other small countries of the European Union," said Ambassador Vendrell.

 

According to the Ambassador, introduction of the Lithuania-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Afghan Province of Ghor is very welcome and of great importance, because it will assist in ensuring stability and security in the region during the upcoming historic elections in Afghanistan which is scheduled to take place in September later this year.

 

At the meeting, the EU Special Representative in Afghanistan and the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence also exchanged information on Afghanistan, showed interest in other countries' experience in the area of PRT and a possibility to raise financial support from the European Commission and other institutions.

 

The Minister invited the EU Ambassador to visit Ghor Province after the Lithuania-led Provincial Reconstruction Group has started operating.

 

The Ambassador also met with Lithuanian Lieutenant Colonel Gintatutas Zenkevicius, who will act as Commander of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in the western Afghan province, and orther military officers of the Defence Headquarters.

 

That was the first visit by the EU Special Representative in Afghanistan to Lithuania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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