Afghanistan and Norwegian Foreign Ministers hold telephone conversation

Norwegian Foreign Minister H.E. Børge Brende in a telephone conversation with H.E. Zarar Ahmad Osmani, Afghanistan Minister of Foreign affairs on Tuesday, condemned the terrorist attack in Paktika and extended sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families and wished those injured a quick recovery.

According to the officials from the Afghanistan Government nearly hundred people including women and children have been killed and dozens wounded by a car bomb blast at a busy marketplace in eastern province of Paktika. The suicide bomber drove a four-wheel drive vehicle into the market in Orgun district of Paktika Province before detonating the explosives.

Officials from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry also in a telephone conversation with H.E. Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari, strongly condemned the violent act of terrorist in the Province and expressed deepest condolences to the victims and their families and wish those injured a quick recovery.

In a statement released by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs, H.E. Børge Brende called the Suicide Car Bomb in Paktika a cruel and totally unacceptable act of terrorist, killing civilians in a public place. H.E. Børge Brende highlights: “I am very concerned about all the violence and attacks affecting civilians in Afghanistan. It is important that the new political leadership, when it comes into power, prioritise security challenges in the country”.

During the telephone conversation, the two Foreign Ministers also talked about the presidential election process, where H.E. Osmani assured the election difficulties very soon will be solved in a very responsible manner.

At the end H.E. Zarar Ahmad Osmani invited Norwegian Foreign Minister to participate in the Istanbul Conference and the swearing-in ceremony for Afghanistan’s next President.

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