Georgia, Tbilisi, June 15 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian Defense Minister
Bacho Akhalaia arrived in Afghanistan today to inspect the living and service conditions of a Georgian peacekeeping contingent.
Some 173 Georgian peacekeepers serve under French command in Kabul, the minister said.
Akhalaia also plans to inspect the living and service conditions of an extended Georgian battalion in Helman under U.S. command.
The minister decided to visit the peacekeepers after a recent NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels. During the meeting, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen highly appraised the Georgian contingent's work in Afghanistan.
According to preliminary information, Akhalaia will return to Georgia June 15.
The Georgian peacekeepers have served in Kabul since November 2009.