Zarar Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs met with Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt.
Both sides discussed various issues, such as the successful conduct of the presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan, continuation of the Swedish cooperation for Afghanistan and improvement of mutual relationship by implementing the Cooperation and Development Long Term Agreement between Afghanistan and Sweden that will be signed in the future.
Osmani appreciated the cooperation of Swedish Government in provision of security through presence of the Swedish troops within /ISAF in Afghanistan and their contribution to reconstruction by the Swedish PRT in Balkh province and mentioned: “We want to expand our mutual relationship, and we wish that by signing the Long Term Cooperation and Development Agreement between the two countries, Afghanistan could extensively use the experience of Sweden in infrastructural reconstruction and investment in mining exploitation”.
Concerning the presidential and provincial councils elections, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan pointed out: “The successful presidential and provincial councils elections held two days ago, accompanied by massive participations of the Afghan people throughout the country signifies a historically tremendous achievement.
Our international partners and allies, including the Swedish government, made significant contributions in facilitating and creating the necessary conditions for this very historic event.
The strong message that the mentioned elections delivered to the international community was that the invaluable assistance of our friendly countries for the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan and the sacrifices of their sons in order to maintain security in the country, were not lost.
Rather, theses sacrifices provided the conditions for millions of Afghans enabled them to contribute in a legal and democratic process and elect their future leadership.
Minister Carl Bildt once again assured of his government’s continued cooperation and mentioned that “as the combat role of Swedish troops reduces beyond 2014, the Swedish government focuses on training the Afghan National Security Forces and making financial assistance in reconstruction projects and the development of private sectors”