NATO asks Norway for more troops for Afghanistan 2007-02-09 03:22:47

    STCKHOLM, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- NATO has sent a formal request to Norway asking for further contributions of special forces, transport aircraft and jet fighters for Afghanistan, according to reports reaching here from Oslo on Thursday.

    This is confirmed by Defense Minister Anne-Grete Stroem-Erichsen, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) reported.

    Stroem-Erichsen said a similar request has also been sent to other NATO member countries.

    She said it is important for Norway as a NATO member to accept its share, but first and foremost it is important to contribute towards the Afghan efforts to create stability in their own country.

    "I also want to underline that Norway already contributes heavily in Afghanistan today. We are in the forefront both with civilian and military contributions," she said to NRK.

    Norway has at present around 500 troops in Afghanistan.

    The defense minister said the government will respond to NATO's request after the meeting of NATO's defense ministers in Sevilla on Thursday.  

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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