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Norway's annual support to Afghanistan following Nato withdrawal

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Norway's annual support to Afghanistan following Nato withdrawal

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg pledged USD 125 million per annum towards Afghanistan’s reconstruction efforts and another USD 25 million towards security development of the nation following the Chicago summit.

President Karzai and Stotenberg met each other on the sidelines of the summit and discussed bilateral relation, peace process and transition of security responsibility to the ANA.

The two leaders are soon to sign the strategic cooperation between the two nations. The Norwegian Prime Minister emphasized on the importance of cooperation between the two nations and added that Norway shall continue to provide assistance to Afghanistan in the areas of children’s health and higher education.

Karzai appreciated the declaration of support and assistance by different countries of the world to Afghanistan at the Nato conference.

Norway has around 525 troops in Afghanistan, most of the based in the Maymana district of the northern Faryab province.

The two-day Nato summit closed with the alliance members and partner nations formally agreeing to the US-backed drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan over the next two and a half years.

A joint declaration from the leaders of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) affirmed the commitment of the group to stick to the plan of remaining in Afghanistan until the end of 2014, and to continue to support the country beyond that date.

Both the US President Barack Obama and Karzai addressed the international leaders with warnings that the risks of terrorism taking hold in Afghanistan again were very high.

“More than a decade into this fight, terrorism remains a serious threat, and extremism and radicalism are on the rise,” Karzai said Monday.

 


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