Lieutenant General Camporeale, after a year as NATO's number two in Afghanistan, ends the mandate. A parigrade takes over from the United Kingdom.

A plural Afghanistan where everyone can contribute to the development of the country

​Yesterday afternoon, on a particularly significant day for the Italian Armed Forces, at Camp RS, the Lieutenant General Salvatore Camporeale left the assignment of Deputy Commander (DCOM) of the NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission to the Lieutenant General (UK) Giles Hill.

The ceremony took place in the presence of RS Commander, General (USA) Austin Scott Miller, NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Ambassador Sir Nicholas Kay, Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Roberto Cantone, Afghan Defense Ministers and 'Interior, Asadullah Khalid and Massoud Andarabi, of the Director of the National Directorate Security (NDS), Ahmad Zia Saraj, of the Chief of General Staff (CoGS), General Besmellah Waziri, and of numerous civil and military authorities.

During his mandate, characterized by the launch of peace negotiations and presidential elections, Lieutenant General Camporeale supported Afghan, institutional and military partners, and represented RS in relations with the international and diplomatic community - as the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) - with the countries of the Coalition and with the different NATO organizations.

"Congratulations Salvatore, for your outstanding operational work in the last twelve months. I thank you for your friendship, in the knowledge that the mission has made significant progress thanks to your contribution - so in his speech General Miller, who then concluded - The mission will miss you and I, personally, can't wait to be able to work with you again in the future”.

In the farewell speech, Lieutenant General Camporeale briefly illustrated the meaning of November 4 and thanked Afghanistan, its leadership and NATO for the synergy with which they operate. “Determination, commitment and sacrifice of every soldier of the Coalition, continue to inspire me. The best soldiers in the world are represented here - emphasized the High Officer - The most important virtue for a society? Pluralism. It is therefore a plural Afghanistan that I hope will rise in the future, where every individual, without distinction of ethnicity, gender and religion, is free to express himself, contributing to the development of this beautiful country".

The Lieutenant General honored the memory of the 54 fallen Italian soldiers in Afghanistan, including Major Giuseppe La Rosa, First Lieutenant Mauro Gigli and Corporal Pierdavide De Cillis; three Gold Medals for Military Valor from today will be remembered in the Hall of Valor of "Camp RS".

Resolute Support, a NATO-led mission, is composed of military personnel from 38 nations, all united in a single purpose, to contribute to training, assistance and advice to local institutions and security forces in order to facilitate the conditions for the creation of a state of law, credible and transparent institutions and above all, autonomous and well-equipped security forces. This process is leading the Afghan Security Forces to take on the task of guaranteeing the security of the country and of its fellow countrymen.