‘Lithuania will consider sending more troops, civilians to Afghanistan’

Lithuania will consider sending more troops to Afghanistan and also appoint a civilian representative, says Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis, currently on a visit to Afghanistan.
Speaking with BNS Lithuania, the minister said Lithuania had recently received a request to boost its military contingent in Afghanistan. “During the force generation process, we have recently received a request to increase our capabilities,” Karoblis said. “If it’s still in force, so we’ll look for those capabilities, despite certain restrictions we have, we are definitely ready to consider this question.” Around 50 Lithuanian troops are part of the NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, aimed at training local forces. This number is mentioned in the Lithuanian parliament’s mandate in place until 2020. Around 30 Lithuanian troops in Kandahar come from the Special Operations Forces.

The Kabul Times

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