Karzai Arrives in Norway to Sign Strategic Agreement

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President Hamid Karzai arrived in Oslo, the capital of Norway, Monday night to sign a long-term strategic agreement, Karzai's office said Tuesday.

"Karzai is to meet Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg today and will sign the strategic agreement between the two countries," the statement said.

After signing the agreement and meeting with Norwegian government officials, Karzai will fly to Egypt on an official trip, it said.

Norway has had around 97 troops in Afghanistan since 2003 with most of them based in the north of the country.

The trip to Norway comes on the heels of Karzai's visit to London where he met with UK and Pakistani leaders.

The trilateral summit hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron aimed to further the Afghan peace and reconciliation process amid growing fears for security deterioration when international troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

Speaking in the press conference, Karzai thanked the UK Prime Minister for hosting the third summit between the three countries. He also called on the Taliban to take this opportunity to participate in the peace process so that all can participate in building their country's future.

The statement from Karzai's office said the President described the talks as "very frank and open discussion" and that hoped that the results will further improve the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan as "very close, brotherly and good neighbourly".

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