Latvian troop stay in Afghanistan to continue

The Latvian parliament on Thursday extended the mandate of Latvian troops participating in the NATO-led international operation in Afghanistan until December 31, 2016, reported BNS newswire.

NATO's role in Afghanistan after 2014 has changed, with the Alliance providing training and consultations to the local national security forces.

NATO launched Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan in January 2015 based on the Afghan government's request expressed in the bilateral agreement with NATO. The Alliance plans to continue the operation in 2016.

With a December 4, 2014 resolution the Latvian parliament approved participation of Latvian soldiers in Operation Resolute Support until December 31, 2015.

Considering that the Latvian government has confirmed willingness to provide for continued presence of Latvian troops in Afghanistan, a new parliamentary resolution extending the Latvian contingent’s mandate in Afghanistan was required.

Latvia's involvement in the operation in Afghanistan  is expected to remain at its present level. In 2015 Latvia sent 25 soldiers for participation in the multi-national mission in Afghanistan.

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