11 Sep 2007

PR# 2007-636

Latvian President visits PRT Meymaneh

MEYMANEH, Afghanistan – The president of Lativa, Valdis Zatlers visited the Lativan contingent at PRT Meymaneh. The PRT in Meymaneh was recently boosted with an additional number of Latvian soldiers and a civilian component, working together to bring security and wealth the province.

During his visit to the PRT, president Zatlers met the acting governor Abdul Sattar Barez for talks. The president was accompanied also by the Latvian minister of defense, Atis Slakteris and other officials.

“Afghanistan, like Latvia, is a new country and needs the assistance we are able to give,” said President Zatlers during the visit. “Latvia gained their independence only 17 years ago, and I hope an equally speedy development for Afghanistan will take place.”

Faryab deputy governor Abdul Sattar Barez assured the Latvian president that Faryab is a quiet province but added that the help from Lativa was well appreciated.

“I am happy we were able to arrange a meeting between the presidents and the deputy governor of Faryab,” said PRT Commander Jorn Erik Berntsen from Norway. “The Latvian soldiers are doing an excellent job and they work very well with their ISAF counterparts from Norway.”

Approximately 200 ISAF soldiers from Latvia and Norway serve in PRT Meymaneh.

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