Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir is planning an official visit to Afghanistan in the next few days. Five Icelandic special force officers will accompany the minister on her journey to ensure her safety and they have already arrived in the country.
According to the Foreign Ministry’s press officer Urdur Gunnarsdóttir, NATO demands that bodyguards travel with high officials on such journeys and that it is customary for the country which organizes the trip to provide bodyguards, Morgunbladid reports.
Gunnarsdóttir said the special force officers are experienced and that it is important for them to familiarize themselves with circumstances in Afghanistan before the minister arrives, because she will visit many different places during her stay.
Gunnarsdóttir would not reveal any details about Gísladóttir’s journey because of safety reasons.