(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama met with Prime Minister Rasmussen of Denmark Monday afternoon in the Oval Office, where Mr. Obama said that Denmark is a “model” for allies in Afghanistan.
“We have discussed how 2011 is going to be a year of transition, and under Prime Minister Rasmussen’s leadership, he has been able to build a consensus within Denmark about how that transition would proceed that I think is a model for all our allies and participants in Afghanistan.”
The president said that Denmark “punches above its weight” and thanked them for the sacrifices made by Danish troops in Afghanistan.
Rasmussen said he was pleased to inform the president about the recent decision taken in Denmark, “which proves that we are in this with a long-term perspective,” Rasmussen said. “We want the mission done.” The prime minister announced that he will increase assistance to alternative crops in Afghanistan.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in Libya during their meeting.
“We both share the view that Mr. Kadhafi has lost legitimacy and he needs to leave,” President Obama said, “and that we as an international community have to speak firmly against any violence that’s directed at civilians; that we have to make sure to provide humanitarian assistance, both inside of Libya as well as along the border regions where so many people have left; and that it’s going to be very important for us to look at a wide range of options that continue to tighten the noose around Mr. Kadhafi and apply additional pressure.”
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