Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis conveyed condolences to Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Lubomir Metnar regarding the death of three soldiers of the Czech Republic killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. “This is a great loss both for the families of the perished servicemen and for your country which has sacrificed the lives of its servicemen for peace and brighter future of the Afghan people. Lithuania stands in solidarity with your nation in this difficult time,” Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says in the condolences letter.
Three soldiers of the Czech Armed Forces were killed while patrolling in a suicide attack on 5 August in Eastern Afghanistan. They were deployed as part of the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support. Lithuania has roughly 50 service members in the NATO operation for training Afghan National Security Forces, Lithuanians have not been injured in the attack.
Roughly 240 soldiers of the Czech Republic are serving in Lithuania since mid-July as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group deployed for deterrence and defence. Deployment of Czech forces is a demonstration of a staunch support and NATO solidarity of the Czech Republic in ensuring the security of Lithuania and the entire region.