Danish, Afghan foreign ministers discuss security co-op

20:30, January 12, 2011      

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Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen(R) and Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul attend a press conference in Copenhagen, on January 12, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen met Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on security and reconstruction cooperation Tuesday in Copenhagen.

During the meeting, the two ministers agreed with a long-term cooperation plan.

"We have been trying to help Afghanistan on building up their own security forces,"Espersen said."Until November 2010, Denmark has trained 146,000 Afghan soldiers and 116,000 Afghan police. It has exceeded our prescribed training goals in 2010."

She stressed that in the next few years, the Danish peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan will gradually move from participation in combat to the training of soldiers and police. As planned, the Afghan army and police will take over security responsibility at the end of 2014.

Espersen also said that even after the withdrawal of Danish troops from Afghanistan,the Danish government will keep helping Afghanistan on the reconstruction in the fields of society, education and justice system.

She also mentioned that women's rights and gender issues will be among the priorities of cooperation between the two governments.

Rassoul expressed thanks of Afghan people to Denmark.

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