President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gorge Brende Saturday afternoon in the Presidential Palace.
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed removal of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s name, leader of Hezb-E-Islami political party from UN blacklist, saying that it will contribute to peace-building and stability in Afghanistan.
Brende said that given the harsh conditions, Afghanistan needs to augment its revenues. He reiterated that Norway continues to assist Afghanistan in different areas.
The President expressed appreciation for Norwegian cooperation with Afghanistan in different domains, particularly training Afghan Security Forces. He also appreciated Norwegian support for Afghanistan in Warsaw and Brussels Conferences.
The President stated that harnessing water is the priority of Afghan Government and likewise Norway enjoys ample experience in this respect. Thus, the President asked Government of Norway to share their experiences with the Afghan Government in order to better harness the water.
Mr. Brende said that Norway has positive achievements in properly utilizing the water, collecting taxes and combatting corruption. He also added that in addition to these areas, Norway will amply assist Afghanistan in educational field.
Mr. Brende invited the President to participate in Oslo Conference which is expected to be convened next year. Both sides discussed different topics more specifically issues pertaining to development, security, measures taken for peace-building, vision for 2017 and regional cooperation.