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.
Bihzad Poya Faryabi
Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is visiting Norwegian troops in Afghanistan and is attending the Kabul conference. The Foreign Minister has had the chance to visit the Norwegian solider who was wounded last Friday. He will also visit two Norwegian military camps in Northern Afghanistan. One of the camps is located just outside Mazar-i-sharif called camp Marmal.
Foreign Minister will be attending the Kabul conference on the 20th July 2010, which will bring more than 70 representatives of partnered countries, international regional and financial institutes together to talk about an Afghan Government-led plan for improved development, governance, and stability.
The Foreign Minister has released a statement on his journey to Afghanistan and has had to say on this matter “Our engagement in Afghanistan is one of the most important and demanding areas of Norway’s foreign policy. I therefore consider it important to visit the country regularly, both to meet Norwegian personnel working in the field and to have talks with representatives of the Afghan authorities and the international community, among others.” The Foreign Minister also talks about the Kabul conference and its importance of the relations between Norway and Afghanistan quoting “The Kabul Conference is important because it will be yet another step towards the Afghans fully gaining ownership and taking charge of their own security and development.”
Photo: Harald Henden
The Swedish Prime Minsiter, Carl Bildt, arrived on july 20th in Kabul together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to attend the Conference. That the Conference is hosted in Kabul sends an important signal about afghan ownership and admits for a more active engagement from wider parts of the afghan society. “We are not in Afghanistan to win a war-we are in Afghanistan to help building peace”, the Foreign minister writes in an article in Svenska Dagbladet. The Danish Foreign Minister, Lene Espersen, was expected to present an offer of 30 million SWK to Taliban if they agreed to stop fighting immediately. However, the Minister`s plane could not land in Kabul because of rocket fire near the airport.