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President Traian Basescu Goes To Afghanistan To Meet With Romanian Troops

Romanian President Traian Basescu, Defense Minister Gabriel Oprea and U.S. Ambassador to Romania Mark Gitenstein arrived in Afghanistan Tuesday to meet with the Romanian troops deployed in the area.

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President Traian Basescu Goes To Afghanistan To Meet With Romanian Troops

Basescu last visited the Romanian troops stationed inAfghanistan in March 2010. Back then, he told the troops theirmission is to protect the civilized world from terrorism, adding hehopes their military mission in the area will end successfullyduring his second term as president of Romania.

End-October 2010, Basescu said at the NATO headquarters inBrussels that Romania would send 66 gendarmes to Afghanistan soonto help the country's institutional reconstruction. He also said afirst contingent of Afghan officers was to arrive in Romania fortraining.

 

The Romanian head of state pointed out at the time that 12scholarships had been granted to afghan students in civilianuniversities, adding Romania would continue to increase the numberof scholarships for young Afghans.

Romania has 1,663 troops deployed in Afghanistan, of which 1,655under NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Over the past years, 17 Romanian troops have been killed and 55others have been injured in Afghanistan.

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