OSLO, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said here on Thursday that the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is correct and his administration will start pulling out of troops from the Asian country in July 2011 as scheduled.
"We get the correct strategy in Afghanistan ...and we will execute it," Obama told a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
Obama said he was "unambiguous" about his July 2011 date for the start of a U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, adding there should be no debate about his decision.
The Norwegian prime minister promised that his country will increase its contribution to Afghanistan. "Norway will increase its financial contribution to Afghanistan," he said.
Obama was here to accept the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony in Oslo City Hall starting at 1200 GMT.
About the prize, Obama said with a humble attitude that "it's a great surprise, and others may be more deserving it."
Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrived in Oslo after an overnight flight from Washington for the Nobel Peace Prize just nine days after he ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
The Nobel committee announced earlier that Obama had won the peace prize when he took office less than nine months, for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" and his push for nuclear disarmament.
However, polls showed that a majority of Americans feel Obama does not deserve the prize.
Obama to address Afghan troop surge in Nobel speech
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is to address in his Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech in Norwegian capital Oslo the recent decision to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, the White House said on Wednesday.
"The president will address the notion that last week he authorized a 30,000-person increase in our commitment to Afghanistan, and this week accepts a prize for peace," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, in a daily press briefing before Obama's departure on Wednesday night. Full story
Obama leaves for Oslo to collect Nobel Peace Prize
WASHINGTON, Dec, 9 (Xinhua) -- President Barack Obama left Wednesday night for Norway's Oslo to receive his Nobel Peace Prize.
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Dec. 9, 2009. Obama is travelling to Oslo, capital of Norway, to accept the Nobel Peace Prize.(Xinhua/Zhang Yan)
He is scheduled to speak there Thursday. According to the White House, he is to talk about the 30,000-troop increase to Afghanistan last week in his acceptance speech of the prestigious prize for peace. Full story
Obama sends 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan
WEST POINT, the United States, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said he will deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in the first part of 2010, in his prime time address in the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night.
The first batch of additional troops will arrive by Christmas and the overall buildup will be completed by next summer, "the fastest pace possible." Full story