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Muslim states support peace drive: Rassoul

Muslim states support peace drive: Rassoul

Mar 08, 2011 - 20:53

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): A large number of Muslim countries supported the ongoing peace drive in Afghanistaninfo-icon at last week's meeting in Jeddah, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said on Tuesday.

Representatives of more than 50 Muslim countries and the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon attended Thursday's meeting of the International Contact Group.

The participants focused on assistance to Afghanistan from the international community, the proposed security handover to Afghan forces and the ongoing reintegration programme.

Rassoul headed Afghanistan's delegation, comprising High Peace Councilinfo-icon head, Burhanuddin Rabbani, and its secretary, Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, to the meeting.

While supporting the peace effort, many Islamic states agreed that future conferences on Afghanistan should be held in Kabul, the foreign minister told journalists.

According to Rassoul, participants emphasised that the peace drive should be an Afghan-led effort.

Confining offices of the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMA) to six provinces would have a positive effect on the security handover to Afghan forces, the minister said. A letter in this regard has already been sent to the UN Security Council.

The Afghan government would assess UNAMA's work over the next six months, said Rassoul, who added the Security Council had been requested to ask the mission to support the reintegration initiative of the Afghan government.


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