KABUL, Afghanistan

Visiting Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini has assured his country’s continued presence and assistance to Afghanistan within the NATO framework, an official statement said on Thursday.

The Italian minister visited his country’s troops deployed in the western Herat province bordering Iran on Thursday.

“Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini visited today TAAC (Train, Advise and Assist Command) West @ResoluteSupport in #Herat and praised women and men of the Italian armed forces stationed there for their role in training, advicing and assisting #ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] in west #Afghanistan,” the Italian Embassy tweeted.

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