Ambassador Ludin condemns terrorist attack in Kabul
Press statement attributable to H.E. Ambassador Jawed Ludin
Oslo, January 15th, 2008
I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack in Kabul’s Serena Hotel where, among many Afghan and non-Afghan guests, Norwegian Foreign Minister, Mr Jonas Gahr Støre, was present. I am extremely saddened to know that the attack has resulted in the death of at least six civilians, including a Norwegian journalist, Mr Carsten Thomassen from Dagbladet. The attack left several other people injured, including a Norwegian Foreign Ministry official.
We Afghans are all relieved that Minister Støre was not directly affected by the attack and is totally safe at the moment. President Karzai, who is due to meet Minister Støre in Kabul tomorrow, has spoken to Minister Støre on the phone to inquire about the shocking experience.
Minister Støre was in Kabul on a high level official visit that involved, among other things, the announcement of the Norwegian Government’s intention to increase its development aid to Afghanistan by at least 50 percent during 2008.
The attack on Kabul Serena Hotel not simply a major breach of security by terrorists, but also illustrates the threat that terrorism still poses to the security of Afghanistan. I am confident that this incident will serve to further solidify the resolve of the Afghan people and our friends and partners from the international community to do what it takes to fight terrorism and rebuild Afghanistan into a stable and democratic country.
I wish express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Carsten Thomassen, who lost his life in today incident, and pray for the full recovery of the injured Norwegian.
Ambassador Jawed Ludin
Embassy of Afghanistan to the Nordic Countries