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NATO and training of Police Forces in Afganistan.

No changes in NATO Afganistan timetable said President Barack Obama, right, while talks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, left, during the NATO Summit in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012. (Photo Credit AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Norwegian Minister of Defence Espen Barth Eide (Labour Party) said on Friday that the Norwegian current force contribution to the mentoring of the Afghan special police in Kabul in 2013, will continue. The minister attended Sunday at the NATO Summit in Chicago.

The Defense Minister also states that a Norwegian-led force in Maimana in Afghanistan should be discontinued before the end of October. Previously, the nordic government has just announced that only Norwegian soldiers out of the Faryab province in the autumn were going to return home before the end of the year.

Extraction takes place at the request of NATO and has the full support of the Norwegian Parliament.

– Norway has always stood firm that we entered Afghanistan with NATO, and we leave Afghanistan with NATO. We will therefore continue to support the Afghan forces with some sought-after capabilities in 2013, says Barth Eide.

Among the contributions is a Hercules transport aircraft that is made available to ISAF, starting in autumn. Norway will also continue with the training of Afghan security police forces.

During the NATO Summit in Chicago, it is agreed to continue support for the Afghan security forces beyond 2014. Advice, training and funding are key. Norway will contribute with USD 25 million annually for this purpose, divided into 10 million to the army and 15 million to the police, said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Norwegian Labour Party).