Slovenian defense minister makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

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Slovenian Defense Minister Roman Jakic held talks with NATO military leaders and senior officials of Afghanistan while making a short visit to the country earlier this week, Slovenian Press Agency (STA) reported Thursday.

Jakic had a busy agenda during the unannounced visit, which included the Wednesday meeting with General Joseph Dunford, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), according to STA.

Jakic also paid a visit to Slovenian soldiers taking part in the ISAF mission in Herat, a city in northwest of Afghanistan, the STA reported.

The main purpose of the visit was to get briefed on the situation in Afghanistan and the activities of the Slovenian peacekeeping soldiers, according to STA.

Currently, 33 Slovenian soldiers are deployed in Afghanistan. They are mainly assigned to perform from logistical support to operative tasks.

More than 1000 Slovenian military personnel have severed in the war-torn country since the NATO-led ISAF mission started in March 2004, data released by the Slovenian Defense Ministry showed.

After more than a dozen years of war in Afghanistan since October 2001, the U.S.-led foreign forces have gradually handed over security responsibilities to Afghan forces, and are preparing to withdraw by the end of 2014. Endi

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