Thirty-Five soldiers from Montenegro are joining the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The ISAF is a task force consisting of members from forty-seven nations who are working together to defend the people of Afghanistan from predation by the Taliban and their allies in Al Qaeda.
Prime Minister Igor Luksic met with the Montenegrin troops before their departure. Speaking to the soldiers, Luksic stated “After the restoration of independence, Montenegro has clearly committed itself to a collective security system as a framework for the accomplishment of its security and defense objectives. At the same time, we have recognized Euro-Atlantic integration as an opportunity to reinforce the economic development of our country.”
This is the third group on Montenegrin soldiers participating in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. They are joining troops from other former Yugoslav nations, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, and Slovenia.