President Grabar-Kitarovic visits Croatian troops in Afghanistan

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Defence Minister Josip Buljevic on Friday visited the Croatian contingent deployed in Afghanistan within the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Croatian head of state.

The visit to the Croatian peace-keepers in that Asian country was organised as part of the events marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Croatian Armed Forces.

During the visit, both the president and the defence minister commended the Croatian soldiers for their contribution to the fight against terrorism.

Buljevic was quoted as saying the Croatian soldiers were recognised as reliable and responsible allies, and added that both NATO officials and local Afghani representatives appreciated the performance of the Croatian contingent deployed in TAAC – North which includes nine provinces: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Jowzjan, Kunduz, Samangan, Sar-e Pul and Takhar.

The 103-strong Croatian contingent consists of Croatian troops as well as 22 troops from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.

During their stay in Mazar-e-Sharif, the Croatian president and the defence minister were received by TAAC-North commander, German Brigadier General Hartmut Renk.

Last update: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 22:05

More from Croatia

Croatian PM to meet with HEP unions regarding INA buyout model

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced on Saturday that he would soon meet with leaders of the unions active in...

HNS chief slams gov't for "making no decisions"

Croatian People's Party ((HNS) chief Ivan Vrdoljak said on Saturday that this opposition party criticised the...

Croatia marks Mimosa Day to raise awareness of cervical cancer prevention

Every day one Croatian woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer and every third day one Croatian woman dies of that...

PM: Croatia must be leader in resolving problems in region

Croatia has great political responsibility as a stabilising factor in the region and a member of NATO and the EU,...

Interior Ministry dismisses HRW's claims that police are forcing aslyum seekers back to Serbia

The Croatian Ministry of the Interior on Friday dismissed as untruths and insinuations the claims by Human Rights...