19 May 2008

Albanian Minister of Defence visits Herat contingent

The Albanian Defence Minister Gazmend Oketa landed in Herat to address the national contingent serving under ISAF Regional Command West (RC-W) on 13 May.

Minister Oketa met the Albanian soldiers and brought them a video through which their parents, children and wives greeted them. “I want you to see the faces and hear the voices of your relatives” he said.

“I thank NATO for giving us the chance to take part in security missions like this. We are here to do our part in building a better future for this country.” “Soldiers” – he added – “be proud of what you are doing.”

The 112 Albanian soldiers are based in Herat with their Italian and Slovenian colleagues. Their role is to provide force protection at the forward support base and in its surroundings.

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