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Czech military presence in Afghanistan ended by national flag lowering ceremony

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Afghanistan Jiri Baloun participated at the ceremonial completion of the Czech military presence in Afghanistan on 25 June 2021. A milestone in the modern Czech history was commemorated by a formal parade of the last Czech servicemen and lowering of the national flag at Military part of the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.

On behalf of NATO, the parade was attended by the Resolute Support Mission Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Nicola Zanelli, who thanked the Czech Republic for its nearly twenty-year military presence and exemplary cooperation with the Allies. He described the Czech soldiers as reliable partners and their deployment as important for the operational capabilities of the NATO missions: ISAF and Resolute Support.

In his speech, ambassador Baloun thanked the Lt. Gen. Zanelli for appreciation of the Czech military presence and for his service alongside previous ISAF and Resolute Support missions’ commanders. He reminded participants about almost twenty-year-long deployment of the forces and means of the Army of the Czech Republic to Afghanistan. He also stressed that freedom and security should not be taken for granted, and deserve constant attention and struggle, mentioning the case of Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism there. According to the Ambassador, the military presence in Afghanistan helped to create conditions unthinkable twenty years ago, characterized by an unprecedented level of freedoms, reduction in infant mortality, increase in the education of the population, particularly education of millions of girls, and the development of the national economy.

Finally, the Ambassador emphasized that support for Afghanistan would continue and Afghan representatives now had the fight against terrorism and for their freedom in their own hands, and thanked all servicemen and servicewomen deployed to Afghanistan for their service, underlining they ought to be proud for their service.

Farewell to the CZE NSE Commander

Farewell to the CZE NSE Commander

National flag lowering ceremony

National flag lowering ceremony

 

National flag lowering ceremony

National flag lowering ceremony