Defence Minister of Afghanistan: “We appreciate the assistance provided by Croatian soldiers”
During the visit to Afghanistan the Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević on 19 December 2019 met with the Defence Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hajij Asadullah Khalid.
The two ministers discussed the security and political situation in in Afghanistan, the contribution of the Republic of Croatia in Afghanistan and the possible deals for the Croatian defence industry.
Minister Khalid extended appreciation to Croatia for its engagement and assistance
“We wish to thank the brave Croatian soldiers for the assistance provided through advising and mentoring of the Afghan forces. The people of Agfhanistanski will never forget their courage”.
The Afghan Minister also extended condolences to the family of the Croatian soldier Cpl Josip Briški killed in action in Afghanistan defending peace and stability and to the Croatian people for the tragic loss and wished quick recovery of the soldiers wounded in the action”.
Minister Krstičević: Croatian Armed Forces respect the culture and tradition of Afghanistan
Minister Krstičević said Croatia had been engaged in Afghanistan for 16 years with more than 6,000 members of the Croatian Armed Forces.
“We have contributed to peace and security of Afghanistan alongside other NATO nations and partners. The Croatian soldiers have mentored the Afghanistan Security Force and have a sincere understanding for them and respect their culture and tradition. We have helped build the Afghan forces stronger”.
The Defence Minister said the security and political situation in Afghanistan was slowly improving, in anticipation of further negotiations.
The Minister expressed interest in the Croatian defence industry and the possibility of equipping the Afghan soldiers with Croatian products. The two sides also agreed to continue talks on future co-operations. Minister Krstičević meets with Defence Minister of AfgHanistan.