The foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, visited Afghanistan yesterday on the last leg of a diplomatic tour that also took in an event to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as stops in Ukraine and Georgia.
The purpose of the Afghanistan visit was to meet the country’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, and its ‘CEO’, Abdullah Abdullah. It also coincided with the introduction of a government motion for a resoultion to contribute Danish military assistance to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, intended to provide non-combative assistance in a training and consulting role.
Big task ahead
“The forming of a coalition government after the presidential election in the summer is good news for Afghanistan,” Lidegaard said in a press release. “My conversations with Ghani and Abdullah were very encouraging, but they have a big task ahead of them.”
Lidegaard said that Ghani and Abdhulla had indicated they would work to combat corruption and the lack of equality for women in Afghanistan. “We want to help Afghanistan continue its progress through development aid and by supporting politically and militarily the Afghans' own efforts to win peace,” he said.
“At the same time Denmark will hold the new government to the ambitious goals it has set itself. Especially when it comes to efforts against corruption and a better protection of women’s rights.”