Nearly a hundred soldiers from Croatia and neighbouring Atlantic Charter countries were seen off to Afghanistan on Monday to join NATO's Resolute Support mission, the Croatian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
Among them are 75 soldiers from the fourth Croatian contingent, 17 from Montenegro, two from Albania, two from Bosnia and Herzegovina and one from Macedonia.
"Keep in mind that in a way you are Croatia's ambassadors, recognised by the flag that you proudly wear on your uniforms. In your treatment of the local population and your partners and allies, continue performing your duties honourably just as your predecessors have done," Croatian Deputy Defence Minister Tomislav Ivic said at a farewell ceremony in Zagreb.
The troops were also addressed by General Drago Lovric, whose term as Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces expires on Tuesday.
"Operating in an international environment will put new challenges in front of you. I am confident that you are capable of coping with them and that you will carry out your tasks well," Lovric said.