Ukraine Expresses Interested To Participate In ISAF Mission In Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The North Atlantic Council Meeting at the level of Defense Ministers of the nations contributing to the KFOR in Kosovo and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan was held at Brussels.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General

The participants have discussed current progress of the transition period, forms of cooperation of the contributing nations in Afghanistan in post-transition period, as well as the NATO Mission format after 2014.

In his welcoming speech Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, stressed the progress achieved jointly by ISAF and Afghanistan Government.

He underlined the Alliance integrity while assisting the Afghanistan Government in post-transition period and after transfer of national security responsibilities.

Dmytro Salamatin, Minister of Defense of Ukraine, emphasized the importance of joint efforts in construction of “safe” Afghanistan.

“I was convinced of this while visiting Afghanistan this September. Ukraine is consistent and will continue its participation in Afghanistan operations,” Dmytro Salamatin said.

“Ukraine is interested to participate in International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan,” he commented.

The Defense Minister thanked Lithuanian, Polish, American, and Afghan militaries with which Ukrainian units accomplish all the missions.

Nowadays, Ukraine is an active participator of planning process of a new NATO Mission in 28+6 format to take optimal political and military long-term solutions. 

Source: defpro