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Terrorist sanctuaries not in Afghanistan: Norway

Terrorist sanctuaries not in Afghanistan: Norway

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Feb 23, 2014 - 21:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Norwegian foreign minister on Sunday said terrorist sanctuaries are outside of Afghanistaninfo-icon, a country that has sacrificed a lot in the war against the menace.

Following his arrival in Kabul, Bork Brand met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace. Issues of mutual interest came under discussion during the meeting. 

Enhanced bilateral relations, long-term cooperation, the fight against terrorism, support for the Afghan-led peace process, elections and training of Afghan forces were discussed.

According to a statement from the presidential office, Brand voiced his satisfaction with the achievements Afghanistan has made over the past decade and lauded President Karzai's leadership.     

He also praised the growing capacity of Afghan forces, expressing confidence in their ability to defend the country and deal with the insurgent threat.

Bork said Norway and Afghanistan were friendly countries that had been enjoying a cordial relationship. He promised his would continue to help Afghanistan in areas of educationinfo-icon and reconstructioninfo-icon.

Karzai hailed Norway as Afghanistan's friend, saying the Afghans had seen positive changes in all walks of life with the help of the international community.

About the fight against terrorists in the region, Karzai stressed honest cooperation from Pakistaninfo-icon. He believed Pakistan's role in the struggle against extremists was vital.

The Norwegian minister said: “I believe in an Afghan-led peace campaign. We strongly support the peace process in Afghanistan and are prepared to provide any assistance in this regard.” 

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