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CHISINAU, March 17, 2011 - The Chief of General Staff, National Army Commander, Brigadier Gen. Iurie Dominic, went to Afghanistan during March 16-20.

The Chief of Military Cooperation Section of the General Staff, Lt.Col. Grigore Chirica, stated that, during his staying in Afghanistan, Gen. Dominic would inspect the National Army crews and helicopters working within the UN led mission in Kandahar.

Gen. Dominic is accompanied by the Chief of Air Force Command, Col. Vadim Cemirtan. The military officials will also visit Ghor region to meet with the Lithuanian civil reconstruction team and Lithuanian military subunits deployed in Kandahar.

„The military officials were invited to Afghanistan by Gen.Maj. Arvydas Pocius, Lithuanian Commander of the Armed Forces. Arvydas Pocius will check the Lithuanian troops deployed in the theater of operations. The visit of the National Army Commander is a good opportunity for both parties to meet and discuss on the military cooperation between the two armies”, Grigore Chirica stated. He specified the Moldovan military officials would also meet with the local administration and representatives of the General Staff of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Beginning March 2008, five helicopters, and May 2009, four helicopters of the Ministry of Defense carry out missions of personnel and logistics supply transportation within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

The role of UNAMA is to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan and to lead the international community in this effort. In support of the government of Afghanistan, UNAMA is tasked to coordinate efforts to rebuild the country and strengthen governance, development, and stability.

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