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Norway Not To Leave Afghans Alone Beyond 2014, Minister

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Monday, April 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  National Defense Minister, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak met with his Norwegian counterpart in Kabul discussing security situation and the cooperation of NATO members especially Norway to the Afghan security forces. 
Gen. Wardak described the dimension of needs of Afghan national army, the assistance of the international community to Afghanistan and the national army’s activities after acceptance of the security responsibility to the Afghan forces and added that the national army of Afghanistan has attained the required capability and it is ready to accept more security responsibility in the third security transition phase and in suppressing the terrorists and the insurgents. 
He added that having arms and necessary standard equipment, can make the activities of the national army more positive and sustainable. 
The Norwegian defense Minister assured General Wardak that the Norwegian army in cooperation with the Afghan National Defense Ministry exert efforts in suppressing the terrorists within the NATO forces and take part in reconstruction of Afghanistan and shall not leave the Afghans alone after the 2014 as well. 
Norway has 428 soldiers that are stationed in Kabul and in Faryab provinces.

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