Norwegian forces remain in Afghanistan for the time being

Defense Minister Frank Bakke-JensenDefense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen.photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix

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It is too early to say how the peace agreement between the United States and the Islamist Taliban movement will affect Norway’s military contribution, according to the Secretary of Defense.

– “Norway will continue the military contribution of 60 personnel to RSM. From April, we will further increase this contribution by taking over the leadership of a multinational military hospital,” Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (H) said in a statement to the NTB.

RSM is the abbreviation for the Resolute Support Mission that Norway participates in.

Bakke-Jensen states that it is the situation on the ground that is controlling for adjustments in the strength contribution.

– “It is therefore premature to say how the agreement will affect our military contribution in the long run. This is something that NATO will carefully consider in light of the changed security situation going forward and which the government will then decide on,” he says.

Bakke-Jensen emphasizes that the US-Taliban agreement, which was signed on Saturday afternoon in Qatar’s capital city of Doha, is an important step towards a peace process in Afghanistan.

The US government plans to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan within 14 months.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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