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Ghor PRT transferred to Afghan forces

Ghor PRT transferred to Afghan forces

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Aug 25, 2013 - 22:07

CHAGHCHARAN (PANinfo-icon): Lithuanian forces transferred the civilian-military Provincial Reconstructioninfo-icon Team in Ghorinfo-icon to Afghan control on Sunday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said.

PRTinfo-icon functions and facilities were handed over to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSFinfo-icon) at a ceremony in Chaghcharan, the provincial capital, a statement from the NATOinfo-icon-led force said.

Lithuanian Minister of Defence Juozas Olekas, Ghor Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati, Lithuanian Ambassador to NATO Kestutis Jankauskas, American Ambassador Deborah A. McCarty and American Consul Jillian Burns attended the ceremony

The Lithuanian PRT, which functioned within the Regional Command-West since 2005, assisted the Afghan government to extend its writ throughout Ghor, helping to ensure a safe environmentinfo-icon for the reconstruction, training and mentoring of the ANSF.

It executed more than 200 projects and financed educationinfo-icon, healthinfo-icon and infrastructure development programmes in response to needs of the Ghor community.

In the security sector, the Chaghcharan PRT trained more than 2000 Afghan soldiers and patrolmen, enhancing their planning competency and operational capabilities," the statement added.

At the ceremony, Regional Command–West (RC-W) commander Brig. Gen. Ignazio Gamba was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Republic of Lithuania. He  thanked the soldiers and civilians of the PRT.

“Thanks to your initiative and that of your predecessors, Chaghcharan has been transformed from a small village into a well-organised town. Afghan forces in Ghor are stronger now than ever before..."

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