Montenegro to keep troops in Afghanistan

Montenegro will remain in the mission in Afghanistan even after 2014, for when the withdrawal of NATO troops has been announced.

Source: Tanjug

Minister of Defense of Montenegro Milica Pejanović-Đurišić, as announced by the Montenegrin government, participated in a meeting in Brussels of the North Atlantic Council of NATO, held at ministerial level, and bringing together officials of the countries participating in the ISAF mission.

Pejanović-Đurišić said that Montenegro will continue to engage in the Regional Command North in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

She said that Montenegro is planning to participate in the post-transition mission after 2014, which will be non-combat in nature and primarily oriented towards training and advising Afghan security forces.

The Montenegrin Army in March this year sent the seventh contingent of its members to Afghanistan. They will remain there for the next six months.

Montenegro has been participating with 39 members since March 2010. They have been deployed in the north, which is predominantly under the command of the German army.

A member of the Montenegrin military deployed in Afghanistan earns EUR 100 per day.

The participation in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan costs the country about EUR 2.5 million a year.

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