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The Minister of Defence thanked Estonian servicemen serving in Afghanistan

11. October 2018 - 15:03
The Minister of Defence thanked Estonian servicemen serving in Afghanistan
The Minister of Defence thanked Estonian servicemen serving in Afghanistan

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik visited the Estonian servicemen serving in the NATO-led mission Resolute Support, in Afghanistan. The task of the Estonian infantry platoon is to offer force protection to allied units advising Afghan security forces.

‘Estonia is an active member of the international community, and is ready to contribute to ensuring security and stability and the fight against terrorism. An excellent example of this is service here in Afghanistan, as well as the service of your brothers in arms in Mali,' said Minister of Defence Luik to the Estonian servicemen when he met with them.

The Minister familiarised himself with the work of Estpla-27, taking part in a patrol ride in Kabul's green zone. Luik recognised our service men for their contribution towards ensuring the security of Estonia and our allies.

'Thanks to you, who are serving here with honour, and those who have served previously, the Estonian state can be sure that our worries are also the worries of our allies,’ said Luik. The Minister of Defence also recognised the loved ones and families of our soldiers.

Thirty-two Estonian servicemen are serving as part of the Resolute Support mission, in Kabul. In addition, Estonia is contributing one staff officer to Kabul, an EOD team, and two staff officers in northern Afghanistan.

‘I would like to recognise your professionalism and can confirm that, having met with the commanders of this mission, I have only heard words of praise regarding the skills and dedication of our soldiers,’ said Minister of Defence Luik.

The Estonian infantry platoon serving in Kabul is part of the company from the United Kingdom, of which seven countries, in addition to Estonia, are members.

During his visit Minister of Defence Luik also met with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Minister of Defence Tariq Shah Bahrami.

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