Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden's Minister for International Development Assistance told SR International's Anders Ljungberg that Sweden had a dual role to play in the country.
" We should not abandon Afghanistan and the Afghan people. We have to help them with security, development and also a substantial amount of money for humanitarian assistance."
One man in place to oversee Sweden's development assistance and military effort is diplomat and senior civilian representative in Mazir -i-Sharif, Krister Bringeus. He told SR International that the Swedish presence in the area was paying dividends.
"We are now in a process where we are putting in civilian projects such as schools, roads, irrigation systems, so there is a direct link between the military operation that has cleared the area and our chances to provide that area with assistance."