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Georgia pledges continued contribution to Afghan mission

English.news.cn   2013-01-05 21:47:24            

TBILISI, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Saturday pledged continued contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Ivanishvili made the pledge after attending the funeral for a Georgian soldier who had been found dead after missing for 10 days in Afghanistan in December last year.

Describing the participation as "a source of pride for our country," he stressed that "we should further strengthen our role in this process in the future, because it is important for our country's international image."

Meanwhile, the prime minister said his government should spare no efforts to minimize casualties.

Georgia is now the largest non-NATO troop contributor to ISAF, with a total of 1,560 Georgian servicepersons in Afghanistan, mostly deployed in the Helmand province.

The South Caucasus country so far has lost 19 soldiers in Afghanistan.

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, which has now turned into a NATO-led ISAF operation, has become the longest military conflict in U.S. history.

Editor: Yang Lina
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