Kabul vows to intensify anti-corruption drive
In a communiqué issued at the end of the day-long Bonn Conference, Afghanistan and its international backers agreed Afghan government institutions should deliver key services to the people.
The joint statement added protection of civilians, strengthening the rule of law and the fight against corruption in all its forms remained key priorities.
It added "substantial progress" had been made since the last conference 10 years ago. The international community will stand by Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw in exchange for good governance.
According to the document, "Al Qaeda has been disrupted and Afghanistan's national security institutions are increasingly able to assume responsibility for a secure and independent Afghanistan."
But shortcomings must be addressed to create a peaceful Afghanistan, where international terrorism does not again find sanctuary and that can assume its rightful place among sovereign nations.
As foreign forces leave Afghanistan, the communiqué added: "A decade of transformation should begin in which Afghanistan consolidates its sovereignty. The international community's vision for Afghanistan is of a stable and functioning democracy... "
It continued the renewed partnership … entailed firm mutual commitments in the areas of governance, security, the peace process, economic and social development, as well as regional cooperation.
As the two sides vowed to deepen their partnership from transition to a decade of transformation, the Afghan foreign minister told journalists: "In 2024 Afghanistan should not be a country in need of donors, but a donor country itself."
The government in Kabul had a commitment to its people, not just to donors and troop contributors, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul told reporters after the major event, attended by 1,000 delegates.
Pakistan and Iran faced problems in dealing with refugees, said the document. "We acknowledge the burden of Pakistan and Iran in providing temporary refuge to millions of Afghans in difficult times and are committed to further work towards their voluntary, safe and orderly return."
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