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August 15, 2022

Over 500 soldiers leave on peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan

Over 500 Romanian soldiers will leave on a six-month peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. The soldiers are part of the 191st Infantry Battalion based in Arad, a unit that represents the Romanian part of the Mixed Romanian-Hungarian Peacekeeping Battalion. The departure ceremony took place yesterday in Arad, in the presence of Defence Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu. The Defence Minister stated that the withdrawal of Romanian forces from Afghanistan will take place gradually, starting in mid-2013. “We will disengage gradually, as we will ensure the heightened operational maturity of Afghan security forces. In mid-2013 we will start to lower our presence there,” Dobritoiu stated, being quoted by Mediafax. The minister stated that he is certain that “these soldiers’ training level ensures all conditions for the fulfillment of the mission.” “The important thing is to bring all people home unscathed, against the backdrop of a theatre that is particularly difficult geographically and climate-wise. (…) A beneficial thing is that over 80 per cent of the Romanian battalions have operational experience so they won enormously in what concerns operational maturity and we continue to stand firm in order to honor, to the extent of our strength and financial capabilities, all the commitments we have taken, because it is easy to agree with a political decision at the table of heads of state and governments and another to take risks and operational responsibilities alongside the allies,” the minister stated. According to Dobritoiu, at this moment Romania has over 2,200 soldiers deployed in operational theatres and “the technical endowment is assured by the American partners, especially when it comes to enhancing the deployed forces’ degree of protection and security.”

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