Andris Berzins visits Afghanistan

  • 2011-11-15

RIGA- President of Latvia Andris Berzins and a delegation which is accompanying him arrived in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the afternoon of Nov. 14, President’s Office reports.  

President Berzins is scheduled to meet with Latvian soldiers, as well as the commanders of the international force which is part of NATO’s international security support operation in Afghanistan. The President will also visit Latvian soldiers in Meimen (Faryab Province) and in Mazar-e Sharif (Balkh Province). He also plans to meet with the governor of the Faryab Province.

While in Afghanistan, Andris Berzins will examine the living conditions of Latvian soldiers, congratulate them in the context of Lacplesis Day [Nov. 11], and present honors in relation to Latvia’s Independence Day. 

“Participation in the international operations in Afghanistan clearly offers soldiers valuable experience, and Latvia shows that as a NATO member state, it has taken on serious and high-level obligations. Our partner countries have praised the professionalism of Latvian soldiers. That is why the week between Lacplesis Day and Nov. 18 is particularly important and appropriate for our contingent’s visit to Afghanistan,” says Berzins.