Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim’s Prayer Ceremony Held in Oslo

On the 16 March 2014, the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo held a Prayer ceremony for late Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, at Furuset Mosque in Oslo.


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Announcement اطلاعیه

The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo will remain closed on Friday 21 March 2014, due to Afghan New Year.   



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Afghan Cultural Day

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

has the pleasure of inviting you to

an Afghan Cultural Day

fashion show with traditional Afghan costumes, traditional Afghan music and dance, and Afghan food tasting

on Saturday, 22 March 2014 from 12:00 to 14:00

 

The Afghan Cultural Day takes place at Oslo Sjømannsforening’s premises in Kronprinsens gate 1, Oslo

The Afghan Cultural Day is one of the “Afghanistan Week 2014” programs organized by the

Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

For more information and details of the program, please visit the webpage of the “Afghanistan Week 2014”:

http://uka.afghanistan.no/ 

 

Yours sincerely,

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

www.afghanistanembassy.no info@afghanistanembassy.no• T: +47 22 12 35 76 



Newsletter February 2014
February edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo.

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Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Børge Brende visits Afghanistan

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende made his first visit as Norway's Foreign Minister to Afghanistan this weekend.


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Newsletter January 2014
January edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo

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Newsletter December 2013
December edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo

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Afghan Cricket Team, Fossum Cricket Club, in Norway winners of the 3th division in the season 2013

With the snow coming to Oslo, time had come for season ending and trophy ceremony for the 2013 Cricket season in Oslo, Norway. Afghanistan's Cricket team, Fossum Cricket Club, were on the winners list and our young men won the first place in the Third Division and are ready for the Second Division for season 2014. 


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Ambassador Bakhtari participates at Afghan cultural day celebration

Afghan Cultural Center in collaboration with Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo marked and celebrated the Cultural Day of Afghanistan on 23 November 2013 in Hamar, Norway


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Newsletter November 2013
November edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo

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Newsletter October 2013
October edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo.

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Newsletter May 2013
May edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo. 

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Afghanistan and Denmark sign Strategic Agreement

Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai was on a state visit to Denmark to sign the strategic partnership agreement between the two countries.


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Cultural and social meeting, organized by the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo, was held on Sunday, 14 April 2013.
A large group of Afghan Cultural Personalities, Afghan Associations and many Afghan women and men was gathered to discuss this year's cultural events in cooperation with the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo.

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Human Rights seminar with Dr. Sima Samar organized by Embassy of Afghanistan.
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in cooperation with Afghans residing in Norway arranged seminar "Human Rights in Afghanistan: achievements and future prospects" with Dr. Sima Samar, head of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission on Sunday 07 April 2013

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The seminar “Voices of the future” organized by the Embassy of Afghanistan was held in, Oslo Thursday 4 April 2013.

The seminar “Voices of the future” Afghanistan after 2014, organized by the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo In together with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense was held in, Oslo Thursday 4 April 2013. 


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Newsletter March 2013
March edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo. 

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Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo marked the International Women's Day on 8 March 2013.

Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo celebrated International Women's Day on Friday 8 March 2013. On the occasion many educated and active Afghan women in Oslo had gathered at the Ambassador's residence to mark 8 of March as a day of discussing women’s role, position and importance in a modern society. 


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Ambassador Bakhtari gives speech on the commemoration of the 18th anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Nordic countries, H.E. Mrs. Manizha Bakhtari attended and gave speech at the commemoration of the 18th anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari`s martyrdom.


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Ambassador to the Nordic Countries Mrs. Manizha Bakhtari participated at Hewad Radio's fourth anniversary celebration

On the occasion of completing four years, Hewad Radio invited the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and ​​Ambassador of Afghanistan to the Nordic Countries Mrs. Manizha Bakhtari to participate at the celebration and to make ​​a speech.


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Newsletter, February 2013
February edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo.
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Afghanistan and Norway sign Strategic Agreement.
H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai Afghan President and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on 5 February 2013 signed an agreement on a strategic partnership between Afghanistan and Norway. 

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Newsletter, January 2013
January edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan Embassy in Oslo.
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Newsletter, December 2012

December edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan embassy in Oslo

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Norway’s Defence Minister visits Afghanistan

Norwegian Minister of Defence, H.E Mrs. Anne- Grete Strøm-Erichsen paid a visit to Afghanistan from 3- 5 December. During her stay, the Minister met with her Afghan counterpart, Afghanistan’s Minister of Defence, H.E Mr. Bismullah Khan Mohammadi as well as Norwegian and Afghan forces, leading Afghan politicians and female parliamentarians. 


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H.E Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari speaks at conference in Finland

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the Nordic countries, H.E Mrs. Manizha Bakhtari, was one of the speakers at the conference “Tough politics and humane security- in the best interests of superpowers, warlords and women?” that took place in Helsinki, Finland on 21 November 2012. 


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Newsletter, November 2012

November edition of the NYHETSBREV, the Monthly Newsletter from the Afghanistan embassy in Oslo.


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Danish Minister for Development Cooperation in Afghanistan: - Afghanistan is moving in the right direction

Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, paid a visit to Afghanistan from 20 to 23 November 2012 to discuss the future cooperation between Denmark and Afghanistan.


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Afghanistan's ambassador to Norway meets Norway's Defence Minister

Afghanistan's ambassador to Norway, H.E Mrs. Manizha Bakhtari held a bilateral meeting with Norwegian Defence Minister Mrs. Anne- Grete Strøm-Erichsen on 16 November. The two sides discussed Norway's contribution to Afghanistan after 2014 as well as other issues of mutual interest. 

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Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation meets Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and H.E Wais Ahmad Barmak, Afghanistan’s Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development meet in Stockholm 14 November to discuss further cooperation between Sweden and Afghanistan. 


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Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Norway main speaker at conference in Kristiansand

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Norway H.E Mrs. Maniza Bakhtari was the main speaker at the conference Women/Voices in Kristiansand on 22 September 2012. Mrs. Bakhtari delivered the speech “My choice” in which she shared memories from her childhood in Afghanistan, talked about her career choices and  reflected on women’s situation in Afghanistan and around the world.


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Norway’s Defence Minister in Faryab to mark the transfer of security responsibility to the Afghans

Norwegian Minister of Defence Mr. Espen Barth Eide visited Faryab province on Tuesday 9 September to mark the end of Norway’s 7- year long military presence in the province with a ceremony that took place in the Norwegian- led Camp Maimana.


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Ambassador, Niels Boel Abrahamsen, presents his credentials to H.E. President Hamid karzai

The new Ambassador of Denmark to Afghanistan, Mr. Niels Boel Abrahamsen, presented his credentials to H. E. President Hamid Karzai in a ceremony at the presidential palace on Monday 13 August. 


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H.E. President Hamid Karzai visits Germany

On Tuesday 15 May 2012, H.E. President Hamid Karzai, heading high level of delegations arrived in Germany and on 16 May 2012 H.E. President Hamid Karzai signed the strategic partnership Agreement with German Chancellor Angela Markel.


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H.E. President Hamid Karzai's remarks at Second Bonn Conference

Statement by His Excellency Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, Germany.


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Statement of H.E. Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs at Bonn Conference on Afghanistan

Mr President, Chairman, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to thank the Government of Germany and the city of Bonn for hosting this conference. I would also like to thank President Karzai for chairing the conference, highlighting Afghan ownership today and tomorrow.


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Second Bonn Conference

On the 5th of December 2011, the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn was a critical opportunity for the international community to reinforce their long-term commitments to Afghanistan.


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His Excellency Jamaher Anwari, Refugees and Repatriations Minister of Afghanistan visits Norway

On 22nd November 2011, H.E. Dr. Jamaher Anwari, Minister of Refugees and Repatriations, Mr. Bais Noor Jasoor, Chief of Staff, Mr. Mohammad Jawad Mohaqeq, Director of research and Mr. Mohammad Rafi Rafiq, web officer at the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations of Afghanistan, arrived in Oslo to meet with Norwegian authorities in relation to the Afghan immigrants in Norway.


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Press Release

Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari condemns in strongest terms, the terrorist attack that martyred Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, the Former President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Chairman of the High Peace Council.


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The Embassy of Afghanistan Celebrates National Day

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo celebrated the 92nd anniversary of Afghanistan's independence with a reception at the Ambassador's residence.


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Newsletter, August 2011

August edition of the NYHETSBREV, the monthly newsletter from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo.

Read more (9.02.2011)
The Governor of Faryab, Mr. Abdul Haq Shafaq, gives lecture at NUPI

During his visit to Oslo, Governor Abdul Haq Shafaq of Faryab Province in Afghanistan gave a lecture on "The Afghan Security Takeover – and Norway's presence in Meymaneh".


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Reception for Kabul United

Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari invites girls' football team from Afghanistan for a reception at the residence in Oslo.

Read more (8.04.2011)
Afghanistan and Denmark sign Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Kingdom of Denmark at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was signed in Kabul on 9 July.


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H.E. President Hamid Karzai visits Italy

On Wednesday 1st of June 2011, following an official invitation by Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, H.E. President Hamid Karzai, left Afghanistan to attend Italy’s 150th unification anniversary in Rome.


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Newsletter, May 2011

May edition of NYHETSBREV, the monthly newsletter from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo.

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Ambassador Bakhtari meets with NATO's Representative to Afghanistan

On 9 May, Ambassador Bakhtari had a meeting with Mark R. Jacobson, Deputy NATO Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) to Afghanistan, to discuss NATO's engagement in Afghanistan. The meeting took place at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo.


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Ambassador Bakhtari talks with Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In an interview published by the Finnish Ministry of Foreing Affairs, Ambassador Bakhtari tells about the challenges that Afghanistan is facing.
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Ambassador Bakhtari joins network of female ambassadors in Oslo
The female ambassadors' network in Oslo is presented in an article in Dagbladet 5 March 2010. Ambassador Bakhtari finds this network very important as it is more challenging to be a female diplomate than a male one.
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Ambassador Bakhtari celebrates the International Migration Day
- This is a celebration for me and for the freedom of the whole world. Afghanistan has got many migrants and there are many Afghans in Norway. It pleases me to see that they are well integrated, the Ambassador says to Lokalavisen.
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Ambassador Bakhtari hopes to get help from Norwegian women
In an article in Dagbladet 6 March 2010, Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari says that 8 March, International Women's Day, is a day of awareness, and important for all women. She hopes that Norwegian women can help Afghan women strengthen their positions.
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Ambassador expresses condolences over the death of a Finnish soldier

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Nordic countries Manizha Bakhtari, expresses her condolences over the death of a Finnish soldier in Northern Afghanistan.

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Newsletter, January 2011

January edition of NYHETSBREV, the monthly newsletter from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo.

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اطلاعیه / خبرتیا
اطلاعیه سفر مسولین امور قونسلی به دنمارک

 


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Holiday Announcementروز پنجشنبه رخصتی عاشورا

Holiday Announcement.pdf


(12.15.2010)
New International Support and Connections for Afghan Women Politicians

On 7th December 2010, the EastWest Institute and the Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention brought together female parliamentarians from Afghanistan and other Muslim countries, as well as Western advocates, at the European Parliament, to support Afghan women politicians.


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Announcement اطلاعیه رخصتی
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo will remain closed on Eid ul Adha from 16 until 18 November 2010.

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UN-resolution 1325, Women, peace and security in international operations Conference in Oslo


The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the cooperation of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee organized a conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UN-resolution 1325, on Thursday 4th of November 2010, at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.


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Newsletter, October 2010

October edition of NYHETSBREV, the monthly newsletter from the Embassy of Afghanistan


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International Operations, UN-resolution 1325 and Afghanistan

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Norwegian Atlantic Committee have the great pleasure of organizing the 10th anniversary of UN-resolution 1325 Conference. The Conference will discuss the resolution in international peace and stability operations, in the Norwegian Armed Forces and in Afghanistan. 


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Newsletter, September 2010

September edition of NYHETSBREV, the monthly newsletter from the Embassy of Afghanistan


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Annoucement
Eid ul Feter Holidays


                                                                                        اطلاعیه ‏ 

به توجه مراجعین و هموطنان محترم رسانیده میشود که سفارت جمهوری ‏اسلامی افغانستان مقیم اسلو در ایام عید سعید فطر تعطیل خواهد بود. ‏ 


                                                                                          خبرتیا ‏

‏ ټولو درنو مراجعينو او وطنوالو ته خبر ورکول کيږی چی په اسلو کښی د ‏افغانستان د اسلامی جمهوریت سفارت به د کوچنی اختر په نیکمرغو ورځو ‏کښی تړلی وی.                                                                                                                                                       ‏ 



                                                                   Announcement

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in ‎Oslo will remain closed on Eid ul Feter. ‎


(9.08.2010)
seminar and exhibition
Afghanistan, past and present

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Norwegian Atlantic Committee on the 24th of August hosted the seminar Afghanistan: Past and Present and opened a photo exhibition on Afghanistan and its cultural heritage. The exhibition can be viewed at the Norwegian Defense Museum until October 15th.


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Ambassador Bakhtari visits Finland
Ambassador Manizha Bakhti attented a Cultural event organized by the Tempere City of Finland. Where she attended a seminar about Afghanistan and inaugurated two exhibitions.
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Annoucement
Independens day holiday

اطلاعیه                                                                          ‏

به توجه مراجعین و هموطنان محترم رسانیده میشود که سفارت جمهوری ‏اسلامی افغانستان مقیم اسلو، روز پنجشنبه مؤرخ 28 اسد 1389 مطابق 19 ‏اگست 2010 به مناسبت نودو یکمین سالروز استرداد استقلال کشور تعطیل ‏است.                                                         ‏

خبرتیا                                                                            ‏  

‏ ټولو درنو مراجعينو او وطنوالو ته خبر ورکول کيږی چی په اسلو کښی د ‏افغانستان د اسلامی جمهوریت سفارت به د پنجشنبی ورځی د 1389 کال د ‏زمری 28 نيټه چی د 2010 کال د اگست 19 نیټی سره سمون خوری، د ‏هیواد د خپلواکی د بیرته لاس ته راوړو د یونویمی کليزی په وياړ تړلی وی.                                                                                                                                                          ‏ 

                                                                     Announcement

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in ‎Oslo will remain closed on Thursday 19th August 2010 ‎due to the Independence Day of Afghanistan.‎


(8.18.2010)
Afghan team plays Norway Cup
Faryab United football team for the second year in row participated in World's largest youth football tournament Norway Cup 2010 and seizes victories in many games.
Read more (8.12.2010)
annoucement
Ramadan holiday

اطلاعیه ‏

به توجه مراجعین و هموطنان محترم رسانیده میشود که سفارت جمهوری ‏اسلامی افغانستان مقیم اسلو در روز اول ماه مبارک رمضان تعطیل خواهد ‏بود.‏
‏ ‏  ‏

خبرتیا ‏

‏ ټولو درنو مراجعينو او وطنوالو ته خبر ورکول کيږی چی په اسلو کښی د ‏افغانستان د اسلامی جمهوریت سفارت به د روژی د مبارکی میاشتی په لومړی ‏ورځ تړلی وی. ‏



Announcement

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in ‎Oslo will remain closed on 1st day of Ramadan ul Mubark.‎


(8.10.2010)
Newsletter, July 2010

June edition of NYHETSBREV, the monthly newsletter from the Embassy of Afghanistan

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Kabul, 20 July 2010
International Conference on Afghanistan
On July 20, 2010, the Government of Afghanistan is bringing together representatives of more than 70 partner countries, international and regional organizations and financial institutions to deliberate and endorse an Afghan Government-led plan for improved development, governance, and stability.
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Norwegian Foreign Minister visits Afghanistan

The Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is visiting the Norwegian troops in Afghanistan. He will also be attending the Kabul Conference on July 20th 2010. The Minister stresses the importance of the Kabul Conference and states that it is important because it will be yet another step towards the Afghans fully gaining ownership and taking charge of their own security and development.


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Announcement

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo will remain closed on Monday 24th of May 2010, due to the Public Holidays.

(5.23.2010)
Announcement اطلاعیه رخصتی

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo will remain closed on Thursday 13th of May 2010, due to the Public Holidays.


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Announcement اطلاعیه رخصتی


The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo will remain closed on Thursday, Friday and Monday from 1, 2 and 5th April 2010, due to the Easter Holidays.


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New U.S. Strategy for Afghanistan
Afghanistan Welcomes the New U.S. Strategy
Barack Obama President of the United States of America announced on Tuesday evening in his speech to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., that United States of America will send a further 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, in addition to significantly increasing its civilian efforts. This announcement by President Obama was widely welcomed inside and outside the Afghanistan.  
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Eid Announcement
اطلاعیه     خبرتیا      Eid.pdf   Announcement
Read more (11.24.2009)
Afghan Elections
Hamid Karzai has been declared winner of Election by the Independent Elections Commission of Afghanistan
The Independent Elections Commission announcement comes after Dr. Abdullah Abdullah former Minister Foreign Affair, decided not to participate in the second round of elections.
Read more (11.03.2009)
Presidential Elections
Second Round of Presidential Elections in Afghanistan
Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced that the second round of Presidential elections will be held on 7 November 2009. The first round of the second Presidential election in Afghanistan was held on 20 August 2009, has faced with claims of widespread fraud.
Read more (10.29.2009)
Presidential Elections
Second Round of Presidential Elections in Afghanistan
Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced that the second round of Presidential elections will be held on 7 November 2009.
The first round of the second Presidential election in Afghanistan was held on 20 August 2009, has faced with claims of widespread fraud.
Part of the votes has been announced cancel by Election Complaints Commission after two months of review and, therefore, President Hamid Karzai’s vote based on primary results of the elections was 55%, reached to less than fifty percent.

Read more (10.29.2009)
Presidential Elections
Peaceful polling day
Despite threats of violence, the Presidential Elections in Afghanistan proceeded largely peacefully. UN and NATO characterize polling day as a success.

Read more (8.21.2009)
Raise money for Afghan skate school
Since its founding in 2007, Afghanistan’s first skateboarding school, Skateistan, has played an important role in giving underprivileged kids in Kabul a place to play and get an education. Now Nordic skateboarders and other volunteers raise money to build a skate park in Kabul.

Read more (8.18.2009)
Afghan team plays Norway Cup
18 boys from Faryab Province got an experience of a lifetime when the Norwegian Defence Minister invited them to the international youth football tournament Norway Cup. Norway Cup is one of the largest football tournaments in the world, gathering over 30 000 players from 45 countries.

Read more (7.30.2009)
Sweden increases support to Afghanistan
The Swedish Government recently announced its new long-term strategy for development assistance to Afghanistan. The strategy covers the period to 2013 and entails gradually increasing aid to Afghanistan to 500 million Swedish Kronor, about 47 million Euros.

Read more (7.15.2009)
Norwegian football star visits Afghanistan
There was no doubt in Erik Thorstvedt’s mind when he was invited by the Norwegian Armed Forces to go to Meymaneh and visit an Afghan boys’ football team during their preparations for the international football tournament for youth, Norway Cup.

Read more (7.15.2009)
Iceland hosts international peace conference
Afghanistan was one of the main areas of interest when over 200 people from around the world gathered in Iceland’s capitol, Reykjavik, to discuss how to ensure that women are included in formal as well as informal peace processes.

Read more (7.01.2009)
Ambassador Ludin leaves for new posting in Canada
After spending two years in Oslo, Ambassador Jawed Ludin was awarded a new posting. On June 2nd, he officially left his position as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the Nordic countries, to represent his country in Canada.

Read more (6.12.2009)
Afghan journalists visit Norway
As part of a program aiming to create better understanding between Afghanistan and Norway, the Embassy of Afghanistan and the Norwegian Atlantic Committee recently invited a group of journalists and their travel coordinator from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Kabul to Oslo.

Read more (6.08.2009)
Afghan oil and gas adventure in making
– The development of a hydrocarbon industry in Afghanistan will contribute to stability in the country, says Ambassador Jawed Ludin.

Read more (4.24.2009)
Band-e Amir first Afghan National Park
In a celebration to mark the International Earth Day, the Afghan Environmental Agency gave the Band-e Amir region status as the country's first National Park. Below is a translation of the article that appeared on the website of the Afghan news agency Quqnoos.

Read more (4.23.2009)
Factory will boost Afghan carpet industry
The first-ever Afghan carpet scissoring and washing factory is established in the eastern Nangarhar province. It is believed that the factory will boost the Afghan carpet industry, the Afghan news agency Quqnoos reports. Below is a translation of the article on their website.

Read more (4.18.2009)
World Bank extends funds for Afghan projects
The World Bank will provide USD 6 millions to the Afghan government to boost development activities in the outskirts of the country. Below is a translation of the article that appeared on the website of the Afghan news agency Quqnoos.

Read more (4.14.2009)
Spanta speaks at conference in Hague
The Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, was one of the speakers at an international conference on Afghanistan in Holland on April 3rd 2009. Below is a transcription of his speech at "International Conference on Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context" at the World Forum in The Hague.

Read more (4.03.2009)
Afghanistan welcomes new strategy from the US
Afghanistan welcomes the new strategy of the United States for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Below is a translation of a press statement issued by the President's office.

Read more (3.30.2009)
Embassy hosts Nawroz celebration
On Friday March 20th, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hosted a Nawroz celebration at Oslo Militære Samfund.

Read more (3.23.2009)
Unique new year festival in Mazar-e Sharif
Afghanistan recaptures its cultural position in the region, hosting international festival celebrating Nawrooz, new year, in Mazar-e Sharif. Read the translation of the article about the festival by the Afghan news agency Quqnoos below.

Read more (3.21.2009)
Afghan students receive computers
The Afghan Ministry of Education has distributed 500 laptops to school students in the Nangarhar province. It is a unique effort to modernize the Afghan educational system, the Afghan news agency Quqnoos comments. Below is a translation of the article on their website.

Read more (3.19.2009)
Millions of Afghans register to vote
The Independent Election Commission in Afghanistan (IECA) has announced that more than 4.5 million Afghans have registered to vote during the registration period. Below is a summary of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's reports.

Read more (3.13.2009)
Finland sends more troops to Afghanistan
A large majority of the votes of the Finnish Parliament made sure Finland will send soldiers to enhance security at the elections in Afghanistan. Below is a transcript of the article published on Helsingin Sanomat's international edition website.

Read more (3.09.2009)
Afghan Government promises education to all
All Afghans will have access to education in the next eleven years, promises the Afghan Minister of Education, Ghulam Farooq Wardak according to the Afghan news agency Quqnoos. Below is a translation of their news article.

Read more (3.05.2009)
Education for girls: Key to Afghanistan's development
"If we want Afghanistan to be a prosperous country we should make sure Afghan women are fully engaged in the development process of the country," says Zarghona, 53, who has worked as a teacher for 35 years. Read the interview with the Afghan woman, published on the website of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)on March 3rd, 2009.

Read more (3.03.2009)
Norwegian government supports Afghan elections with 70 million NOK
The Norwegian Government has decided to support the elections in Afghanistan with 70 million Norwegian kroner, approximately 12,1 million USD. The presidential elections in Afghanistan are taking place on August 20, and the Norwegian funding will be used to support the preparations and execution of the elections. Read a translation of the press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs below.

Read more (2.13.2009)
Karzai chairs anti-corruption meeting
The first regular meeting, chaired by President Karzai with key institutions to discuss and decide on specific anti-corruption measures, was held on January 14th, 2009. Read the press release from the Presidential Palace below.

Read more (1.14.2009)
Finland increases troop levels in Afghanistan
Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense are prepared to increase the number of crisis management troops in Afghanistan considerably next year, official sources report to the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Read more (1.12.2009)
Ministry of Public Health receives 12.5 million USD from Norway
The Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan receives 12.5 million USD from the Norwegian Government. The pilot Results Based Financing project in Afghanistan would offer non-governmental organizations a performance-based bonus for achieving improved coverage of essential MCH services. Read the press release from the Ministry of Public Health below.

Read more (1.10.2009)
Norwegian Foreign and Defense Ministers speak about Afghanistan
This week two conferences on Afghanistan were arranged in Oslo. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre spoke at one conference, while Defense Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen spoke at the other.

Read more (11.20.2008)
Kabul conference pledges support for sustainable return
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) pledge to strengthen efforts for returnees and displaced people within the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. Read their joint press statement below.

Read more (11.19.2008)
Afghan Ministry of Education rebuilds formal music education
The Ministry of Education in Afghanistan has initiated a project to rebuild formal music education. The project focuses on establishing a vocational school of music where talented Afghan orphans and other youngsters regardless of their gender and social circumstances will be trained in Afghan traditional, as well as Western classical music.

Read more (11.17.2008)
Sweden increases support for Afghanistan
The Swedish government announces an increase of of 200 million Swedish kronor per year in development aid to Afghanistan, as well as 110 more troops.

Read more (11.14.2008)
Afghan Director of Local Governance visits Norway and Sweden
The General Director of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance of Afghanistan, Mr. Ghulam Jelani Popla, is on a visit in Norway and Sweden to raise awareness about, and seek assistance for the public outreach strategy of the Afghan government.

Read more (11.07.2008)
Foreign Minister Spanta meets Swedish counterpart
Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, today met with his Swedish counterpart, Mr. Carl Bilt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. The Swedish Foreign Minister was on his first visit to Afghanistan to meet with H.E. President Karzai and Foreign Minister Spanta and visit the contingent of 400 Swedish forces stationed in Mazari-i-Sharif.

Read more (10.31.2008)
Ambassador Tanin given UN key assignment
The Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Zahir Tanin, has been appointed as the point man of the UN General Assembly for holding inter-governmental negotiations on reforms and expansion of the powerful Security Council. This is a major achievement for Afghanistan and recognition of the growing stature as an independent and sovereign country at the international level.

Read more (10.13.2008)
President Karzai announces reshuffle of Afghan cabinet
President Hamid Karzai announced the reshuffle of Afghan cabinet on 11 October and besides reiterating his resolution in fighting Taliban-led insurgents, pledged improved efforts in anti-drug and counter-corruption actions.

Read more (10.13.2008)
Norwegian Foreign Minister visits Afghanistan
The Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre recently visited Kabul for the first time since the January attack on the Serena Hotel in which a Norwegian journalist was among the victims.

Read more (10.10.2008)
Nordic ambassadors present credentials to President Karzai
President Hamid Karzai met with the newly appointed Norwegian and Swedish Ambassadors in Afghanistan.

Read more (9.25.2008)
President Karzai discusses Afghanistan with Ban ki-moon
The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with the UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon on the sidelines of the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly, reports the Afghan news agency Pajhwok. Read the story below.

Read more (9.25.2008)
President Karzai meets President Bush
After a successful visit to the United Nations, President Hamid Karzai is scheduled to meet with several top leaders of the Congress and the US Government, including President George W Bush, reports the Afghan news agency Pajhwok. Read the story below.

Read more (9.25.2008)
Karzai meets Norwegian Prime Minister in New York
The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg urges the world community to cooperate with the Afghan government.

Read more (9.24.2008)
President Karzai to address UN session
The President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan leaves for New York to Participate in the 63rd Session of United Nations.

Read more (9.23.2008)
Afghanistan wins first Olympic medal
Fans had gathered to celebrate as Afghanistan's first ever Olympic medalists returned from Beijing.

Read more (8.29.2008)
Norway condemns terrorist attack in Kabul
Norway condemns the terrorist attack outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, in which 40 innocent civilians were killed, and more than 100 people injured, says Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre.

Read more (7.08.2008)
Karzai, Ban Ki-moon and Sarkozy sign declaration in support of Afghanistan
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the international community met today in Paris to reaffirm their long-term partnership to serve the people of Afghanistan, their security, prosperity and human rights. Read the joint declaration of the International Conference in Support of Afghanistan issued under the authority of the three co-chairs, President Sarkozy, President Karzaï and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Read more (6.13.2008)
Ambassador Ludin represents Afghanistan at Iraq Compact review in Stockholm
H.E. Ambassador Jawed Ludin represented Afghanistan at the International Compact with Iraq (ICI) Annual Review conference on May 29th, 2008 in Stockholm.

Read more (5.30.2008)
Norway will spend 4 billion kroner on Afghanistan
The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, proposes aid plan for Afghanistan. Over the next five years, the government will spend 4 billion kroner on civilian contributions in Afghanistan. Read a translation of the article in the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen below.

Read more (5.16.2008)
Afghanistan and USA sign joint declaration
Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and U.S. Secretary of State, Condollezza Rice have signed a joint declaration reaffirming the mutual goals of Afghanistan and the U.S. The agreement was signed during Spanta's official visit to the U.S.

Read more (5.14.2008)
Assadullah Wafa awarded State Medal of Good Performance
President Karzai Awards State Medal of Good Performance to Assadullah Wafa.

Read more (5.03.2008)
Foreign Minister Spanta meets Javier Solana
“We stand firmly on the principles of good governance, rule of law, respecting to human rights, and fighting against terrorism and narcotics which were mentioned in the Afghanistan Compact.”, said Javier Solana, EU 1st High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy at a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta today. Read the press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul below.

Read more (4.21.2008)
Afghan government recommends Dr. Sima Samar for UN post
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recommends Dr. Sima Samar, the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, for the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Read the press release below.

Read more (4.10.2008)
Karzai runs for re-election
The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, hinted on Sunday that he plans to run for a second term, saying he has goals left to accomplish.

Read more (4.07.2008)
ISAF presents strategic vision declaration
The UN-mandated NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan presented its strategic vision declaration at the NATO Summit in Bucharest. Read the declaration below.

Read more (4.04.2008)
Karzai congratulates Eide on UN post in Afghanistan
In a meeting on Saturday, President Hamid Karzai welcomed Kai Eide to Afghanistan on his new post as the new UN Special Representative, and wished him success with his new job. Eide vowed to help improve the coordination between the Afghan government and international donors.

Read more (3.31.2008)
Ambassador Ludin hosts farewell luncheon in honor of Ambassador Eide
On Wednesday March 26th, Ambassador Jawed Ludin hosted a farewell luncheon in honor of Ambassador Kai Eide. Ambassador Eide has been appointed the new United Nations Special Representative to Afghanistan.

Read more (3.26.2008)
3 billion yen agreement signed between Afghanistan and Japan
An aid agreement worth 3 billion Japanese Yen has been signed by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Kingdom of Japan.

Read more (3.18.2008)
Anti-Corruption strategy presented to President Karzai
The Anti-corruption and Administration Reform Commission has presented a strategy to President Hamid Karzai to fight corruption and expedite the reform process within the government administration.

Read more (3.17.2008)
Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan
Canada's parliament voted on Thursday to extend its 2,500-strong troop deployment in volatile southern Afghanistan to 2011, as long as NATO allies back them up.

Read more (3.14.2008)
UN peacekeeping chief calls for sharpened mandate for Afghan mission
The mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) must be sharpened, given the challenges the country has faced in the past year, was the conclusion of the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan today. The world body’s top peacekeeping official referred among other factors to an insurgency more resilient than expectedand, and a booming drug industry.

Read more (3.13.2008)
Karzai attends islamic summit in Senegal
President Hamid Karzai left for Dakar, Senegal, this morning to attend the 11th Summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Read more (3.13.2008)
Kai Eide nominated UN Special Representative in Afghanistan
Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide has been nominated to be the next UN Special Representative in Afghanistan.

Read more (3.09.2008)
Spanta holds press conference on visit to Nordic countries
Upon his return to Kabul, the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, held a press conference about the achievements and results of his week-long visit to Nordic countries.

Read more (3.06.2008)
Foreign Minister Spanta gives lecture at Royal Danish Defence College
During his visit to Denmark, H.E. Foreign Minister Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, was invited to give a lecture at the Royal Danish Defense College. Minister Spanta was received by Acting Commander for the Royal Danish Defence College, Colonel W Iversen. The lecture gathered some 100 Officers from the Royal Danish Defence College. Below is a transcript of Minister Spanta's lecture "Afghanistan Today: Progress and Challenges" that he gave on March 4th, 2008.

Read more (3.05.2008)
Spanta condemns re-printing of Mohammad cartoons
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, who is currently on an official visit to Denmark, addressed a joint press conference with his Danish counterpart Foreign Minister Dr Per Stig Møller today. In the press conference Dr Spanta condemned the re-printing of the Prophet Mohammad caricatures in Danish newspapers.

Read more (3.03.2008)
Minister Spanta speaks at Finnish Institute of International Affairs
H.E. Foreign Minister Dr Rangin Dadfar was the keynote speaker at a seminar organized by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs on February 29th, 2008. The seminar "Stability and Statebuilding: Cooperation with the International Community" was held in the Finnish capital Helsinki. Below is a transcript of Minister Spanta’s speech called “Afghanistan: Stability and State building in Cooperation with the International Community” .

Read more (2.29.2008)
President Karzai Receives Elders from North and Northeastern Provinces
President Hamid Karzai met on Tuesday in the Palace with a number of elders, notables and MPs and heads of provincial councils from the north and northeastern provinces.

Read more (2.28.2008)
Foreign Minister Spanta speaks at Finnish Defence Minister Seminar
On his official trip to Finland, H.E. Foreign Minister Dr Rangeen Dadfar Spanta, delivered a speech at the Finnish Defence Minister Seminar. Below is a transcript of Minister Spanta's speech "Afghanistan Today: Progress and Challenges" at the Parliament House in Helsinki on February 28th, 2008.

Read more (2.28.2008)
Dr Spanta takes part in Roundtable with Nordic State Secretaries
During his official visit in Sweden, the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta took part in a roundtable discussion with the State Secretaries for Foreign Affairs and Defense from the five Nordic countries. Below is a transcript of Minister Spanta's statement from the meeting at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in  Stockholm, Sweden on February 27th, 2008.

Read more (2.27.2008)
Dr Spanta speaks at Stockholm University
In the honor of H.E. Foreign Minister Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta on his official visit to Sweden, the Swedish Afghan Committee and the Stockholm Association of International Affairs organized a seminar on Afghan foreign relations at Stockholm University on February 27th, 2008. The Minister’s speech was followed by a question and answer session. Over 300 students were present at the seminar.Read the transcript of the speech "The Challenge of Terrorism and the International Response" below.

Read more (2.27.2008)
Spanta and Støre sign joint statement
Afghan Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Jonas Gahr Støre, have signed a joint statement on cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries.

Read more (2.25.2008)
President Karzai addresses US-Islamic World Forum in Qatar
President Hamid Karzai held the keynote address at the US- Islamic World Forum in Qatar on 16 February 2008.

Read more (2.19.2008)
Foreign Minister of Afghanistan visits the Nordic countries
H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, will visit Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark in week 9 and 10.
 

Read more (2.19.2008)
Alliance speeds up preparations for Bucharest summit
NATO Defence Ministers focused their discussions in Vilnius on Afghanistan, and how the Alliance can make progress between now and the Bucharest summit in a number of areas important to defending security in the 21st century.

Read more (2.08.2008)
David Miliband and Condoleezza Rice visit Kabul
On an official visit to Afghanistan, United Kingdom Foreign Secretary David Miliband and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a joint press conference with the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. Read the resume from the press conference held on February 8th, 2008 below.

Read more (2.08.2008)
Majority in Norway supports troops in Afghanistan
A new public opinion poll indicates that a solid majority of Norwegians support their troops' participation in the NATO-led military operations in Afghanistan.

Read more (2.07.2008)
Norway increases civilian efforts in Afghanistan
The Norwegian Government has decided to increase its funding for civilian efforts in Afghanistan  to NOK 750 million in 2008. “This increase makes Norway one of the donors with the best balance between civilian and military contributions,” says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Read more (2.06.2008)
President Karzai prevented judicial murder
The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, probably prevented a judicial murder when he pardoned five men who were convicted for a bomb attack that killed one Finnish solider and injured three Norwegians in May this year, writes Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. Read a translation of the article below.

Read more (12.12.2007)
Afghan Minister of Education praises Norwegian effort in Afghanistan
Norwegian soldiers are making sure that our children can go to school. Norway has led the international efforts in creating a better balance between civilian and military development in Afghanistan, said Afghan Minister of Education, Haneef Atmar, during a meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg today.

Read more (12.12.2007)
Prime Minister Stoltenberg writes about Norway's engagement in Afghanistan
In an article published in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg writes about Norway's reasons for further engagement in Afghanistan. Read an unofficial translation of the article below.

Read more (11.22.2007)

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