Around 130 Latvian soldiers have departed for Afghanistan for security operations, reports LETA. A farewell ceremony was held for the soldiers on Oct 16, attended by security officials and family members.
It’s understood that they will serve in the Mazar-i-Sharif region alongside Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Latvian soldiers. Some Latvian soldiers are also serving in Kabul and Kandahar.
Speaking at the farewell ceremony, National Armed Forces Commander Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube said: “I am very proud of you, your professionalism, responsibility and ability to perform duties. Rest assured that your contribution to Afghan security is very important.”
Troops were presented with honey, symbolizing the support of Latvian residents and were also given the traditional symbolic gifts - the flag of Latvia and a loaf of rye bread.
Latvia has been participating in NATO-backed international operations in Afghanistan since February 2003.