Washington briefing: Armenia set to join NATO’s Afghanistan force

by Emil Sanamyan

Published: Saturday October 31, 2009

Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian during Army Day celebrations, Jan. 28, 2009. Photolure

Washington - Armenia is in the "final stages" of deploying a peacekeeping unit with NATO International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan, according to officials quoted by Mediamax news agency.

In preparation, Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian attended the NATO meeting on Afghanistan held in the Slovak capital of Bratislava on October 23. At the event, the alliance's secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen formally welcomed Armenia as 43rd ISAF participant.

The Armenian unit is due to perform security duties at Kunduz airfield in northern Afghanistan.

Armenian forces continue to serve with NATO's mission in Kosovo as well.

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