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Key meeting on Afghanistan begins in Jeddah

Key meeting on Afghanistan begins in Jeddah

Mar 03, 2011 - 16:09

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Representatives of several Muslim countries are attending a meeting of the International Contact Group in Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia, the foreign ministry in Kabul said on Thursday.

Members of a high-level Afghan delegation are among the participants of the meeting being held at the headquarters of the Organisation of the Islamic Conferenceinfo-icon (OIC), the ministry said in a statement.

The conference is focused on assistance to Afghanistaninfo-icon from the international community and Muslim countries, the proposed security handover to Afghan forces, the reintegration programme.

Afghanistan is represented by Foreign Minister Zulmay Rasoul, High Peace Councilinfo-icon head, Burhanuddin Rabbani, and its secretary, Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, the statement added.

More than 50 OIC member countries are taking part in the conference. Rassoul will deliver a speech on achievements of the Afghan government during the last decade and cooperation from the international community, especially OIC.

"Member states are expected to take part in the meeting, which indicates the active involvement by the OIC and its members to resolve the Afghan issue," the organisation said.

OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has repeatedly underlined the group's commitment to peace, stability and socio-economic recovery in Afghanistan and its role in the country's reconciliation and reintegration process.


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