14 May. 2008

PR# 2008-193

U.S. delegation visits RC-West, discusses civil and military cooperation

KABUL, Afghanistan – A delegation of American board officials visited Herat Monday.

Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, U.S. assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, Christopher Dell, U.S. deputy ambassador in Afghanistan, and seven other members toured Herat as they discussed matters in Regional Command West (RC-West).

The delegation was welcomed by Brigadier General Francesco Arena, RC-West commander, Colonel Giuseppe Levato, Italian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) commander, and Nicola Orlando, head of the PRT civilian component.

Lt. Gen. Lute discussed RC-West’s mission, focusing on ISAF support and cooperation with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), as well as civil and military cooperation in Herat province.

The delegation also visited the home of Hussain Anwary, Herat governor, where they received an introduction to the local environment, depicting the current state of economics and politics, focusing on development plans.

The governor thanked the delegation and highlighted the accomplishments achieved in the education and health care systems due to ISAF PRT support.

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