Danish premier on visit to Afghanistan

Other News Materials 15 September 2008 20:54 (UTC +04:00)

Amid extremely tight security measures, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday visited Danish military units in Afghanistan, reports said.

The premier met with Danish soldiers and was close to one of the areas in the restive Helmand province where NATO-led ISAF forces have engaged Taliban forces, dpa reported.

Rasmussen was quoted as telling Danish news agency Ritzau that he had wanted to visit the zone "where soldiers are conducting the most dangerous part of their mission."

The premier said that the Danish contribution was part of the overall defence of Denmark and "the fight against terrorism."

About 550 Danish soldiers are deployed in Afghanistan with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).