Czech President visits Afghanistan

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

"I highly appreciate your work," Supreme Commander of Czech Armed Forces and Czech President Milos Zeman told to his soldiers serving on ISAF mission in Kabul during the historically first presidential visit to Afghanistan, where he also met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

President Milos Zeman, who advised his wish to visit Czech soldiers in Afghanistan earlier, had talks with commanders and personnel right after the landing at the Kabul International Airport (KAIA) on Friday 24 January 2014.

Commander of 8th ACR Task Force at the KAIA Base Colonel Stanislav Hudecek briefed the President on current situation and then they hold a meeting with soldiers at a community tent.

General Olivier Taprest, Commander of KAIA Base, welcomed President Milos Zeman the next day at the French Military Field Hospital where they met with personnel of Czech medical team.

President Milos Zeman was received by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and had talks with high military officials at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul.

Later the day, the presidential delegation which also included Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek and Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Petr Pavel, flew to the Bagram Air Field at the Parwan Province, to see and greet Czech soldiers serving there. Major General James McConville, Commander of the ISAF Regional Command EAST, and Captain Libor Tesar, Commander of 1st Guard Company, welcomed the delegation at the BAF and presented security situation. President Zeman discussed the work of soldiers and some domestic Czech issues.

At any meeting with soldiers, President Zeman expressed his high respect to service of soldiers and thanked them for "keeping threats from homeland".

Posted: January 26, 2014