Concluding New Zealand's Deployment to Afghanistan

Published: 06 Oct 2021

Category: Cabinet material

This publication provides documents on Cabinet’s 7 December 2020 decision to conclude New Zealand’s deployment to Afghanistan by May 2021 in alignment with the timeframe for international military withdrawal from Afghanistan as set out in the Doha Agreement between the United States and the Taliban. This publication also provides a submission to the Minister of Defence regarding the planning for the withdrawal of NZDF personnel from Afghanistan.

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It comprises:
  • the Cabinet minute of decision: Concluding New Zealand’s Deployment to Afghanistan [CAB-20-MIN-0502]
  • the Cabinet paper: Concluding New Zealand’s Deployment to Afghanistan [CAB-20-SUB-0502]
  • the submission to the Minister of Defence: Planning for the Withdrawal of New Zealand Defence Force Personnel from Afghanistan.
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