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Ambassador Gitenstein Travels to Afghanistan

Ambassador Gitenstein meeting the Romanian contingent ISAF HG in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

Ambassador Gitenstein meeting the Romanian contingent ISAF HG in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

During a January 17-19 visit to Afghanistan, U.S. Ambassador to Romania Mark. H. Gitenstein met with senior military and civilian leaders and Romanian troops stationed at International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters.

Ambassador Gitenstein traveled to Afghanistan with Supreme Allied Commander Europe Admiral James Stavridis, NATO Chief of Military Missions Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, the U.S. Ambassadors to Denmark, Italy, and Poland, and Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. While in Afghanistan, the group met with key military and civilian leaders including: General David Petraeus, Commander of ISAF and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; Lt. General William B. Caldwell, IV, Commander, NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan and Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan; Major General John Campbell, Commander of ISAF Regional Forces-East; and senior civilian representatives from NATO and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The group also observed ISAF forces training 10,000 Afghan Security Forces recruits and attended the commencement ceremony of the second graduating class of women recruits.

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