Message from the Ambassador, May 2008
I write this message by way of saying farewell. My two-year long assignment as Afghanistan's ambassador to the five Nordic countries has come to an end.
The past two years will go down in the history of Afghanistan's diplomatic relations with the Nordic countries as a crucial shaping period in which our bilateral ties developed on an unprecedented scale, thanks to the vision, leadership and efforts of political leaders on both sides.
In Afghanistan, both President Hamid Karzai and Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta have been personally behind the impetus to broaden and deepen Afghanistan's relations with Norway and its Nordic neighbours. The recent official visit by Speaker of Afghan Parliament Mohammad Yonous Qanouni took the relations a step further to include inter-parliamentary relations.
From the Norwegian side, a great deal is owed to the vision and leadership of Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, who have not just shown vision and leadership in shaping the valuable Norwegian engagement, both civilian and military, in Afghanistan, but have also invested considerable personal effort to ensure the sustainable continuation of this engagement.
As I say farewell to Oslo, I am full of admiration for the beauty and tranquillity of Norway and gratitude for the generosity of the Norwegian people who have supported Afghanistan so wholeheartedly over the past years. My colleagues at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo remain committed to play an active and positive role in expanding mutual relations which can, undoubtedly, be further developed in much greater dimensions.