U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Erika Olson has recently recalled Azerbaijan’s contributions to NATO peacekeeping operations, putting special attention on the activities of the Azerbaijani peacekeepers in Afghanistan last year.The statement was made on Thursday in a video address dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Baku.“We remain thankful for Azerbaijan’s support of NATO operations, including being one of the final countries to provide protection at the airport in Kabul,” Olson said, referring to Azerbaijan’s assistance in safeguarding the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul after the Taliban’s rise to power in August 2021. Back then, NATO led a massive evacuation of people, mainly Afghans, who refused to stay following the regime change in the country. The 120-man peacekeeping unit of the Azerbaijan Army, together with the Turkish troops, carried out its duties to ensure the security of the air harbor and those leaving the country. On August 26, a few days before the last soldiers of the allied forces left the country, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan withdrew the peacekeeping contingent from Afghanistan.

Source: Caspian News

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