(from the correspondent Silvia Mancinelli) Read also The Italian flag has been lowered in the hangar of Herat airport. Thus ends the ceremony and the twenty-year presence of the Italian contingent in Afghanistan.The ceremony began with a minute of silence for the fallen in Afghanistan. The Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini, who apologized to the journalists for the inconvenience of the blocking of the military flight in Dammam, the Chief of the Defense Staff General Enzo Vecciarelli, the commander of the Coi (Joint Forces Operational Command) arrived. Army Corps General Luciano Portolano, the commander of the Folgore Brigade, General Beniamino Vergori and Lieutenant Colonel Gianfranco Paglia, gold medal for military valor. board direct from Pratica di Mare to Herat for the flag-lowering ceremony was blocked for three hours at the airport of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Despite the flight plan already agreed, the commander was prevented from flying over the skies of the United Arab Emirates. After the forced stop, the Boeing resumed its journey to Herat On the flight block, on the instruction of Minister Luigi Di Maio, the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Ettore Sequi, today summoned the Emirati ambassador to the Farnesina United Arabs Omar Al Shamsi. The secretary general, a note reads, expressed to the ambassador “the surprise and strong disappointment at an unexpected gesture that is hard to understand”.