Karzai meets Norwegian Prime Minister in New York
The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg urges the world community to cooperate with the Afghan government.
Following a meeting with the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, in the margins of the UN General Assembly yesterday, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (Ap) said that although there were “many problems in Afghanistan and many things that should have been done differently, Karzai’s government is the government we have and the government with which we must cooperate”.
He said “we will experience setbacks and defeats but the alternative, namely the world pulling out altogether, is clearly worse than continuing the difficult work of trying to succeed in Afghanistan".
Stoltenberg also said that Karzai had a very difficult task in dealing with corruption, but that he was clearly determined to counter it at all levels of government. Stoltenberg said that they had discussed how to reduce the number of civilian deaths.
Karzai commeded UN envoy Kai Eide for his efforts to document the recent incident in which 90 civilians were reported killed and his work to avoid repeated incidents of this nature. Stoltenberg agreed that reducing civilian deaths was the key to winning hearts and minds, and avoiding the Taliban gaining popular support again.