Afghan Security Adviser visits Norway

Press release attributable to the Embassy of Afghanistan to the Nordic Countries.
Oslo, January 31st, 2009.

Updated: (1.31.2009)

Oslo, Norway

The National Security Adviser of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr Zalmai Rasoul, travelled to Stavanger today to visit the Joint Warfare Centre and National Joint Headquarters.

The Commander of Joint Warfare Centre, LtGen Wolfgang Korte, briefed Dr Rasoul on the function of the Centre. Dr Zalmai Rasoul expressed gratitude for Norway’s longstanding assistance to the people of Afghanistan and spoke via video conference with the commander of Norwegian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan and said that he wanted to thank the Norwegian soldiers from their own country for their valuable contribution to the peace process in Afghanistan. Dr Rasoul also commented on the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan and reminded that since elections represented democracy, the enemies of progress and prosperity would strive to disrupt this process and it therefore was a challenge for both Afghans and their international friends to maintain security during that period.

As part of his official visit, Mr. Zalmai Rasoul will hold talks with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, Mr Jens Stoltenberg; State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Raymond Johansen and the Chairman of Defence Committee of Stortinget, Mr Jan Petersen. He will also deliver a speech at the Annual Conference of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee on Monday, 2 February.

Embassy of Afghanistan, Oslo
Accredited to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

For more information please contact:

Mr Khaled Khan, Strategic Communications Officer
+47 46273256/

Ms Siw Tynes Johnsen, Media Relations Officer
+47 23239237 /

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