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.