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Obama’s plan supported by Norway. Display of unity. Tuesday night’s speech by President Barak Obama’s speech about his strategy for Afghanistan was positively received by high-ranking officials both in and outside of Norway yesterday. But there are no promises of sending more.Support Whilst Oslo prepares for Obama’s arrival on what is now thought to be 9 December, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was approving of what the President had to say.

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Obama’s plan supported by Norway

Published on Thursday, 3rd December, 2009 at 05:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Display of unity.

Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre
Photo: GAD/Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday night’s speech by President Barak Obama’s speech about his strategy for Afghanistan was positively received by high-ranking officials both in and outside of Norway yesterday. But there are no promises of sending more.

Support

Whilst Oslo prepares for Obama’s arrival on what is now thought to be 9 December, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was approving of what the President had to say.

“A stronger and broader American engagement is important in order to secure development and stability in Afghanistan...(something) which Norway supports.”

And whilst Obama plans to send a further 30,000 soldiers to the country – with his endgame being that Afghan authorities gradually take over current American responsibilities – Gahr Støre says Norway is also appreciative of consultations by the U.S. with its allies and other ISAF partners.

Even Kai Eide – the Norwegian diplomat and head of the UN’s Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) – was content with the President’s increased troop-committal, despite having warned earlier about Obama’s proposed time-limit for American withdrawal earlier this week.

“I believe it’s both a good and correct decision. The security situation in the country has become much worse in the past year, and there is a need for further international troops,” he tells NRK.

No more troops

However, even though Obama has asked other countries to send more soldiers, Gahr Støre says that Norway will keep its current high troop numbers, telling Aftenposten that he doesn’t expect to be asked for more either.

He confirms that he’s already had talks about the matter with his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton, and says she’s already given clear acknowledgement of Norway’s contribution.

And although Jens Stoltenberg was also pleased, he tells NRK that he isn’t promising anything when it comes to sending more Norwegian troops.

“We are amongst the world countries that contribute with the most soldiers in relation to the number of inhabitants,” he says.




Published on Thursday, 3rd December, 2009 at 05:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: jens, stoltenberg, labour, party, kai, eide, unama, united, nations, assistance, mission, afghanistan, norway, norwegian, jonas, gahr, stoere, foreign, minister, troops.





  
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