Defence Minister Visits
Deployed Troops in Afghanistan
Italian Minister of Defence, Ignazio La Russa, along with
the Italian Chief of Defence, General
Vincenzo Camporini, and Italian Joint Operational Commander,
Lieutenant General Giuseppe Valotto, visited the Italian
troops deployed in Regional Command West. This visit
is the first for Mr. La Russa after he recently took over his
duty as Minister of Defence.
plane landed at Herat airport, the Italian defence minister
was welcomed by RC-W Commander Brigadier General Francesco
Arena and rendered with honours by a national joint platoon.
Minister La Russa came in RC-W Headquarters just for a short
call with Brigadier General Arena and then he went on to address
the Italian troops.
day you are doing something really important for the peace
and the reconstruction of this unfortunate country, something
useful for building up and consolidating a stable and secure
environment,” he stated in front of all Italian troops
lining up and continued, “Italian people are proud of
your work, and I am here today on their behalf to bring to
you this national feeling of gratitude. Let me thank you whilst
wearing your uniform just for a while. I would like you to
think of me as one of you in this moment.“
lunch at the Italian dining facility, the defence minister
flew to Farah to meet Italian troops deployed there and finally
to Kabul to continue his official visit to the Italian contingent.