17 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-314

NATO Decision Makers Visit Southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Seven members of NATO’s North Atlantic Council (NAC) today visited Regional Command South (RCS) to review the continuing progress made by International Security Assistance Force troops in southern Afghanistan.  Their visit demonstrates the firm commitment of all NATO Allies to stand by the democratically elected government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in developing a self-sustaining, stable and democratic nation.

The seven ambassadors are Jean Pierre Juneau of Canada; Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania; Herman Schaper of the Netherlands; Sorin Dumitru Ducaru of Romania; Igor Slobodnik of Slovakia; Stewart Eldon of Great Britain; and Victoria Nuland of the United States of America.

Maj. Gen. Tan van Loon, RCS commander, met the NAC upon their arrival at NATO’s Kandahar Air Field.  General van Loon briefed ambassadors on the recent successes resulting from Operation Achilles.  Afterwards, they travelled by helicopter to a Forward Operating Base in northern Helmand to speak with the Afghan National Security Force and ISAF soldiers on the ground before moving onto a similar ISAF base in Uruzgan.

While en route, to Uruzgan, the ambassadors flew over the Kajaki multi-purpose dam. This project, once completed, will not only increase electrical power for residents, industries and commerce in southern Afghanistan but also improve the water supply for local communities and rehabilitate irrigation systems for farmlands of the Sangin valley.

“This was an important visit by some of NATO’s key decision makers”, General van Loon said.  “It underscores the commitment of the international community to a stable Afghanistan and shows that they are determined to never allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven for terrorists again.”

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