Norwegian Foreign Minister H.E. Børge Brende visits Afghanistan
H.E. President Dr. Mohammad Asharf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, met with the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Børge Brende at presidential palace in Kabul on Saturday 8 November 2014.
During the meeting which was attended by H.E. Zarar Ahmad Osmani, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister, both sides discussed corruption, security, enhancing and strengthening bilateral relations and economic development.
Norwegian Foreign Minster termed the National Unity Government as new hopes for Afghanistan, and stated that the Norwegian Government is seeking for ways of enhancing its cooperation with the new government of Afghanistan.
H.E. Børge Brende further said: “Norwegian government has sent a proposal to the Norwegian Parliament in order to increase Norwegian financial assistance in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and security projects.” He also added that 75 Norwegian Military officers will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2015 for military training purposes.
In response H.E. President Ghani thanked the Norwegian government and people for their generous contribution over the past 13 years in security and reconstruction of Afghanistan. H.E. Ghani added: “Fair Justice in Afghanistan significantly matters for us; hence we are working on structuring a strategic plan for it.” While speaking on importance of fair justice system in Afghanistan, the President requested the Norwegian Foreign Minister to help and cooperate with justice system in Afghanistan.
In his visit to Afghanistan H.E. Børge Brende also participated in the inauguration of the Afghanistan and United States Women Empowerment partnership with H.E. President Ashraf Ghani, H.E. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the U.S. Ambassador to Kabul.