Germany has thanked Georgian soldiers for their assistance after the a German consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif was stormed by gunmen. Georgian soldiers, serving as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission of Afghanistan, helped to repel the attack.
A statement published in the the website of the German Foreign Ministry said: “Our special thanks to the Afghan security forces and the Georgian Forces of, Resolute Support, who were bold, professional and rushed without hesitation to help and have successfully repulsed the attack.”
Around 120 people were injured in the firefight which followed the attack, and it is believed that at least six civilians have been killed. No German consular staff were injured. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Georgian military are serving in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission. Georgia is often described as being NATO’s star student. At the 2008 Bucharest Summit, Georgia was promised NATO membership.
Georgia has participated in a number of NATO’s international missions and is one of the largest non-member contributors the Organisation’s International Security Assistance Force. After the 2014 Wales Summit Georgia received a substantial package for a training center in order to prepare for membership.
The Warsaw Summit [July 2016] declaration spoke about Georgia extensively and pointed out the importance of the upcoming parliamentary elections. It reiterated the fact that Georgia has the potential to a member of NATO and that the Membership Action Plan continues to be an integral part of the process. NATO recognizes the progress Georgia has achieved on its path to integration and has promised continued support to Georgia’s defense capabilities.