Challenges of Georgian troops in Afghanistan to be addressed
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 8 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /
After the ISAF operation is over, the activity of Georgian troops in Afghanistan will not be bellicose, Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said today.
He added that these changes will be planned into the long term, and will be implemented after the ISAF operation is over.
"I would like to emphasize that our challenges will not be military and combat based", he said. "Our troops will not take part in hostilities. We will assist security bodies and the Afghan army, familiarize them with our experience and give them an opportunity to study at our military academy."
He stressed that Georgia has been already been involved with NATO in planning the mission which will be formed by NATO and how individual countries will continue their programs in Afghanistan.
"According to this, we will form our own strategy in regards to in what way and with whom we will help Afghanistan train its security forces", the Minister said.
The number of troops in the Georgian military contingent in Afghanistan in October 2012 exceeded 1,600 people, thus Georgia became the country, which is a non-NATO member with the largest number of servicemen in Afghanistan.