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    Latvia to increase number of soldiers in NATO training operation in Afghanistan - Bergmanis

    RIGA, Nov 14 (LETA) - Latvia will increase the number of soldiers participating in the NATO training operation in Afghanistan, and the specific number will be known in the near future, Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis (Greens/Farmers) told LETA.

    An analysis of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan is ongoing at the moment, and afterwards it will be known how many additional soldiers Latvia will be sending to the training mission.

    The mandate of the current mission to Afghanistan will end next year, meaning that the Defense Ministry will have to request Saeima in the near future to extend the mandate.

    However, the minister pointed out that the current mandate allows Latvia to add additional troops to the mission and that Latvia has already done this by adding two un-exploded munitions specialists to the Afghan mission.

    Bergmanis did not deny that in the current security situation Latvia itself needs every soldier it has, and added that Latvian soldiers are currently serving in other missions as well.

    ''We will see what he can do. We will evaluate the situation and see how many additional soldiers we could send to Afghanistan,'' he said.

    At the moment there are 24 Latvian soldiers serving in the NATO training mission in Afghanistan.

    As reported, NATO defense ministers last week expressed support to the US initiative to increase the number of soldiers in Afghanistan from 13,000 to 16,000.

    • Published: 14.11.2017 11:59
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