The Crown Prince in Afghanistan
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon visited Afghanistan on 24 August with General Sverre Diesen. The Crown Prince received an introduction into the contribution of the Norwegian Armed Forces to stabilising and rebuilding the country.
The Crown Prince had a tightly-packed programme, travelling from Kabul to Meymaneh and back again. In the course of the day he gained insight into the work of the stabilisation forces in Faryab Province and the Norwegian mentors who are training and cooperating with the Afghan National Army, as well as the Norwegian special forces assignments in Kabul.
The Crown Prince was given a guided tour of Meymaneh, where he also met with Norwegian soldiers who are serving their tour of duty there. The Norwegian Aeromedical Detachment (NAD) gave the Crown Prince a demonstration on board their evacuation helicopter and staged a simulated rescue operation, enabling the Crown Prince to experience the entire chain of operations necessary to save lives.
The Crown Prince ended the day with a dinner with Norwegians in Kabul, in addition to meetings with UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Kai Eide, Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Dadfar Spanta and Norwegian ambassador Kåre Aas.
It was very enlightening for me to come here and see first-hand the situation of the Norwegian forces who are stationed here. I am impressed by their contribution, and I have learned a lot, concluded the Crown Prince at the end of his visit.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.