ANKARA/LONDON (AFP) - Turkey should expand the mandate of its troops in Afghanistan and play a bigger part in the fight against terrorism, Natos Secretary-General said in remarks published Wednesday in the Turkish press. Of course it is up to the (Nato) allies to decide how they contribute to operations in Afghanistan, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an interview with the Milliyet newspaper. But sending combat troops to the country would be welcome. It would be met with great satisfaction, he said. Rasmussen believes that having Muslim soldiers in the frontline against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan would help convince other Muslim nations that the operations are not a religious war but a struggle against terrorism. Rasmussen, who assumed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisations top job this month, is scheduled to arrive in Ankara on Thursday (today) as part of a tour of Nato capitals. On Thursday night he is scheduled to take part in an Iftar feast with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Meanwhile Greece on Wednesday reaffirmed its willingness to cooperate with Turkey within the Nato alliance and acknowledged that obstacles existed in the cooperation between the European Union and Nato in Afghanistan. At this moment there are paradoxes in cooperation between the two organisations, Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said ahead of Rasmussens visit to Athens. The Nato mission and the EU mission are side by side in Afghanistan but their cooperation meets obstacles, he said. Meanwhile, Londons ambassador to Kabul said Wednesday he expects Britains presence in Afghanistan will last at least a generation, but hoped that its troops would no longer be fighting there within five years. Mark Sedwill said he hoped the British military, which has seen 38 troops killed in Afghanistan since the start of July, would no longer be in a combat role within three to five years. The ambassador said he expected the security situation in Afghanistan to improve over the coming years and said the presidential election campaign boded well for creating a truly national government. We would expect security to improve over the next few years with the US surge, Sedwill told reporters at the Foreign Office in London via videolink from Kabul. I hope that British forces are no longer in combat roles three to five years from now because the Afghan forces should by then be big enough and capable enough to take on that front-line task. But we will have British forces here, I am sure, for many years in training and mentoring roles, and some of those still are quite dangerous, incidentally. We would expect there to be a British presence here... trying to bring this country up for at least a generation, he said.