Official information
Banner
Banner

Norway and Afghanistan sign partnership agreement

altAfghan President Hamid Karzai, on his visit to Norway, and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg have signed an agreement on strategic partnership between Norway and Afghanistan.

In the agreement, Afghanistan makes a commitment to good governance and combating corruption in exchange for continued Norwegian assistance. 

"Next year's election will be a milestone for Afghanistan's democracy. Both President Karzai and his successor will face major challenges. I made it clear to President Karzai that if Afghanistan fulfils its obligations, Norway will continue its support for the country," Mr Stoltenberg said.

Norway's main priorities in Afghanistan are good governance, education and rural development. Norway's efforts in Afghanistan will continue to be based on human rights considerations, women's rights and zero tolerance for corruption.

“In my talks with President Karzai today, I stressed that Norway intends to provide long-term support for Afghanistan. We will therefore continue our civilian assistance to the country, even after the period leading up to 2014 when we will be winding down our military contribution,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide commented.

The agreement between Norway and Afghanistan is based on mutual commitments. Norway will continue to provide development assistance, and the Afghan authorities will intensify their efforts in the areas of human rights, women’s rights, governance and anti-corruption. The agreement reaffirms the framework agreed on by the international community and Afghanistan at the Bonn and Tokyo conferences.

“We need to be absolutely sure that the substantial amounts of funding we are providing to Afghanistan are being used effectively. Good governance and efforts to combat corruption are therefore an important part of the agreement,” Mr Eide said.

Afghanistan has long been high on Norway’s agenda, in both military and civilian terms. Norway will continue to provide an annual allocation of NOK 750 million to the country until 2017. Norway gives priority to education, good governance and rural development, and women’s rights and anti-corruption efforts are important considerations within these areas.

“The Afghan people deserve a better future. First and foremost, this is the responsibility of the Afghan authorities, but they will continue to need help and aid from other countries, including Norway,” Mr Eide said.

President Karzai and Foreign Minister Eide also discussed developments in the political reconciliation process in Afghanistan, as well as developments in the regional dialogue, including between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“There are a number of indications that progress has been made, both in the ongoing reconciliation process within Afghanistan and in Afghanistan’s dialogue with its neighbouring countries,” Mr Eide said.

(NRK/Press release)


Related Articles

Football: Norway Cup 2014 opens

The Norway Cup, also called "The World's Largest Football Tournament for young people", opens in Oslo on Friday with a flower parade...Read more...

Tall ships races visits Bergen

The Tall Ships Races 2014 is visiting Bergen, western Norway this weekend. The race started in Harlingen, the Netherlands, and visited Fredrikstad, before arrivingn Bergen. The race ends in Esbjerg, Denmark. ..Read more...

SAS resumes flights to Israel

SAS has decided to resume flights to the Ben Gurion Airport at Tel Aviv, after the airline stopped all flights to the Israeli airport earlier in the week...Read more...

Norway boosts security after terror alert

National security has been stepped up across Norway following intelligence reports of a possible imminent "terrorist attack" by militants who have fought in Syria...Read more...

Record July temperatures in Oslo

The warmest July temperature for Oslo ever recorded, at 33.4 degrees Celcius, was registered at the Blindern Met Office on Thursday...Read more...

Statoil employees go back to work at In Amenas

In AmenasFive Norwegians were killed in the terrorist attack at the gas field In Amenas in Algeria on January 16, 2013. A group of Statoil's staff have now returned to the field...Read more...

Warn of terrorist threat against Norway

The Norwegian Security Police (PST) and the Intelligence Service have warned of possible concrete terrorist acts against Norway. Masures have been taken to meet this threat.This was announced by PST Chief Benedicte Bjørnland at a press conference in Oslo Thursday morning...Read more...

Athletics: Thorkildsen ends season

Norwegian javeline ace Andreas Thorkildsen (32) has announced that he will not be able to compete the rest of this season, due to a serious hip problem...Read more...

Data growth gives solid Q2 result for Telenor

Norwegian Telenor Group is reporting solid financial performance for the second quarter with profitable growth, and with close to four million new customers. ..Read more...

Liv Ullmann invited to the Toronto International Film Festival

Liv UllmannNorwegian film director Liv Ullmann is bringing her latest feature film, Miss Julie, to the Toronto International Film Festival in September...Read more...

Norwegian airlines cancel flights to Israel

Both Norwegian and SAS have announced that they are cancelling all flights to Tel Aviv until further notice...Read more...

Ice Hockey: New contract for Zuccarello

New York Rangers have announced that they have agreed to terms for a new one year contract worth USD 3.5 million with Norwegian forward Mats Zuccarello. ..Read more...

Sorrow and solidarity marked July 22 ceremonies

Oslo Cathedral"There is always time to grieve over those who died from the July 22 attacks," said leader of the Labour Party. Jonas Gahr Støre during Tuesday's memorial in Oslo Cathedral...Read more...

Weeklong heatwave over Norway

Norwegians who left for warmer shores to enjoy their summer holiday, can hardly believe what they hear from home: Long, sunny days with temperatures even above 30 degrees Celcius many places south of Trondheim...Read more...

Memorial ceremonies on nationwide TV

NRK TV1 will broadcast the three main July 22nd memorial ceremonies on nationwide TV: ..Read more...

62 Degrees North

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/612298Web_0074_hm_567x378_72.jpg

Sea Safari

Let the adrenalin flow during our exiting sea safari in an open rapid RIB boat. Discover Ålesund from the sea. Visit seal colonies and experience puffins and eagles at the See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/979953Web_Brosundet_lighthouse_room_49.jpg

Brosundet Lighthouse

Hotel Brosundet is small and intimate with only 47 rooms. The jewel in our treasury-box is Room 47. Only a few minutes walk from the hotel lies the old and See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/489969Web_DSC_4757.jpg

Storfjord Hotel

Storfjord Hotel is a secluded luxury hotel situated in Øvre Glomset, 30 km east of Ålesund, on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Ever since it opened See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/971299Web_Kajakk_Brosundet.jpg

Kayaking in Brosundet

A surprisingly large number of Norway’s most stunning natural attractions are concentrated around 62 degrees north latitude. Our company, 62˚Nord is a local company, with the intimate local knowledge necessary See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/739979Web_640__Somerruter_Foto_RasmusKongs__re.jpg

Summer Trip

Join a tour with a comfortable sightseeing boat to the wild and majestic Hjørundfjord, with stunning views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular! The meeting between the torn See details

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

WHAT's YOUR OPINION

Should Norway apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics ?

Norwaypost Classifieds

2012 Norsk Polarinstitutt
Statoil
Norges Rederiforbund
Eidsvoll 200 year

.Partners

Folkeuniversitetet
NORGE.NO/DIFI
Bedin Front Right Top
Norsk Romsenter