National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor participated on Tuesday in Campulung Muscel in the departure ceremony to Afghanistan theater of operations of the 30th “Carpathian Vultures” Force Protection Battalion.
“I ask you to seriously prepare all the missions you receive, be disciplined and correct with the servicemen you train, using the force of the personal example, observe the working procedures and instructions which you received. Take action in all the situations with calm and understanding, thinking it thoroughly, following the possible risks and threats. I assure you that our main goal is that each one of those who say good bye today, before the deployment in the theater of war, return safely in the country, to their loved ones,” Fifor told the servicemen.
Fifor rejects speculations concerning a possible decision of Romania of no longer sending troops to Afghanistan
Romania will meet all its obligations with the partners inside NATO, including those on sending troops in the foreign theatres of operations, Defence Minister Mihai Fifor said in Campulung Muscel on Tuesday.
“Romania will meet all obligations with our partners. (…) I assured our partners both of the fact that Romania meets its commitment to allot 2 percent [of the GDP] to Romania’s Army, which we did in 2017 as well and we have already planned it in 2018, and on the other hand we show the commitment to carry on sending Romanian servicemen to the theatres of operations, both for the force protection and for training Afghan troops,” Fifor said.
At the same time, he rejected any speculations concerning a possible decision of Romania of no longer sending troops to Afghanistan.
“Romania has never discussed such a topic. Romania is a NATO member state, it has obligations assumed inside the alliance and we are fulfilling this mission without any kind of problem,” Mihai Fifor pointed out.
“For us, the participation in this mission represents a third confirmation of the training and professionalism of our servicemen in foreign theaters of war and of the place that this battalion has in the elite units gallery of the Land Forces,” Commander of the 30 Battalion Lieutenant-Colonel Ionut Ilinca said, in his turn.
The 30th “Carpathian Vultures” Force Protection Battalion is to carry out, between February-August 2018, specific missions for ensuring the force protection of the Kandahar Military Air Base and training, counseling and assistance missions of the Afghan National Forces. Prior to the missions, the servicemen carried out a training programme of four months.
The military unit in Campulung Muscel, established 151 years ago, proved that it can fulfill the most complex missions in the country and in the theater of operations in Kosovo (in 2005 and 2007) and Afghanistan (in 2008).