Spain’s Defense Minister Carme Chacon reached Afghanistan on Monday to visit the Spanish troops who are fighting in Baghdis. She arrived in Kabul, and then flew to Baghdis, Afghanistan’s western province to be with the troops from her country. She also paid homage to the Spanish troops who died in Afghanistan by placing a floral wreath at their memorial.

This is the fourth visit to Afghanistan by Carme Chacon in the last 20 months, since she was appointed Spain’s Defense Minister in April 2008. At present, almost 1000 Spanish troops are on duty in Afghanistan. Sources are of the opinion that 500 more Spanish troops could be sent next year to Afghanistan to help train the Afghan army.

The deployment of the Spanish troops has been done in Qala-e Naw, Baghdis’ capital, and they have started constructing a military base there. Chacon said that the construction of the base will be finished by the first half of next year. She was full of appreciation for the officers serving there and helping the government of the war-stricken nation to maintain security within the country.