Foreign Minister Urmas Paet traveled to Afghanistan this January. He met with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal in Kabul before visiting Estonian troops stationed in southern Afghanistan. (MFA)
While meeting with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leader General David Petraeus, Paet argued that NATO members ought to make the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan together.
“The nations that are responsible for areas in which responsibility will be transferred to the Afghans sooner shouldn’t necessarily leave, but rather continue contributing in other regions or increase their contributions to training,” he said.
General Petraeus commended Estonia’s contributions to ISAF, adding that, “Taking into account the size of Estonia’s population, Estonia is one of our most significant partners.” (MFA)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued the following press releases on Paet’s visit:
- Foreign Minister Urmas Paet begins visit in Afghanistan.
- Foreign Minister Paet stated that ties between Estonian and Afghan friendship schools are important in Estonia.
- Foreign Minister Paet: Experience of Estonian police officers valued in Afghanistan.
- Foreign Minsiter Paet in Southern Afghanistan: Estonia’s goal is to reduce mortality of women and children.
- Foreign Minister Paet recognized Estonian soldiers in Southern Afghanistan.
- Foreign Minister Paet in Kabul: NATO Allies must make Afghanistan decisions together.