Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    0 / -12   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Danish Prime Minister visits troops in Afghanistan


09:23, January 21, 2012

COPENHAGEN, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt made her first visit to Afghanistan since took office last year, her office said Friday.

Thorning-Schmidt was flown to Afghanistan Friday under secrecy and heavy security, where she met with Danish troops stationed in Helmand province.

Denmark currently has some 750 troops stationed in the province as part of a NATO-led stabilization mission in the country.

Thorning-Schmidt also met Helmand province governor Golab Mangal, to discuss plans for Afghans to take over military and police responsibilities following the withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014.

She visited a police training school in Lashkar Gah, and met with the British commander of Task Force Helmand.

Thorning-Schmidt admitted there are still "many challenges in Afghanistan" but that the efforts of the Danish soldiers were praiseworthy.

Thorning-Schmidt's visit comes on the same day that four French troops serving in the NATO mission were shot and killed by an Afghan solider in the eastern part of the country, underlining the security challenges that still remain

Denmark will continue to provide financial support to Afghan military and police after the 2014 pullout, the country's Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal said in December.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. 200,000 visit Beijing parks on Jan 23

  2. Exhibitions with theme of dragon held at Nanjing Museum

  3. Cool cars on display in Qatar Motor Show

  4. Spring Festival celebrated across China

Most Popular


  1. Are gold prices nearing end of its upward trend?
  2. Six-party talks should not be shelved
  3. Downplaying Iran nuclear issue not a good sign
  4. US actions make China-Russia alliance appealing
  5. No one can say 'no' to peace
  6. Cautious end to a record year for foreign investors
  7. US sends subtle signal to Iran
  8. Farewell to double-digit GDP growth
  9. Actions speak louder than words
  10. New driving force for East Asian cooperation

What's happening in China

Chinese Spring Festival TV gala gets mixed opinion

  1. Year of Dragon eats up annual bonuses
  2. 200,000 visit Beijing parks on first day of Festival
  3. Explosion kills 5, injuring 6 in central China
  4. Man dies of bird flu in southwest China
  5. Bad weather makes way home harder

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance