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Two Georgian battalions to stay in Afghanistan after ISAF withdrawal

February 11, 2014, 23:01 UTC+3 TBILISI
Two Georgian battalions will stay in Afghanistan after the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) completes its mission in that country, President Georgy Margvelashvili said on Tuesday
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Georgian troops in Afghsnistan

Georgian troops in Afghsnistan

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TBILISI, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Two Georgian battalions will stay in Afghanistan after the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) completes its mission in that country, Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili said on Tuesday.

“Georgia reiterates its commitment to make its contribution to international security,” the Georgian president told a joint briefing with Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Knud Bartels. “After 2014, two Georgian battalions will continue to fulfill their duties in Afghanistan to preserve peace and stability.”

Margvelashvili also reiterated his country’s readiness to give access to its infrastructure to facilitate the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force from Afghanistan.

The Georgian president thanked NATO for its support to Georgia’s bid to join NATO’s rapid response forces in 2015.

Georgian peacekeepers have been deployed in Afghanistan since November 2009. Initially, Georgia sent 175 servicemen, then, in 2010, it increased its contingent to 925 peacekeepers, and to 1,500 servicemen - in October 2012.

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