Sweden will remain in Afghanistan 15 years beyond 2014, Swedish ambassador in development affairs, Henrik Landerholm said.

Sweden has 500 soldiers in Afghanistan mostly stationed in the northern Balkh, Jauzjan, Sar-e-Pol and Samangan provinces.

We will continue cooperation with Afghan government and people for 15 years post-2014, he said, adding that his country will continue cooperation in development sectors.

200 Swedish soldiers will remain in Afghanistan to ensure their civilian colleagues security.

Sweden now leads the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Balkh province and has the command of the international forces in the north.

Landerholm also reported of the increase of his country’s donation to Afghanistan saying it would enhance 20 percent.

Stockholm donates 50 million euros annually to the reconstruction and development projects in Afghanistan.