Next NATO summit to review Afghan support until 2020
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini have agreed that next year’s NATO ministerial conference in Brussels should be a catalyst for mobilising much needed political and financial support for Afghanistan's future with the help of their international partners.
The two met on Tuesday the sidelines of the NATO foreign ministerial meeting in Brussels to confirm the holding of the next year’s meeting to be held in Brussels on 4-5 October 2016.
A joint statement issued after their meeting said the next year conference would renew international support and partnership with Afghanistan until 2020, in parallel to the security-related efforts pursued in the NATO framework.
“The conference will send a strong signal of hope, confidence and change to the Afghan people. After decades of conflict, our commitment to a better future for Afghanistan is vital if we are to meet the aspirations of Afghan citizens,” the statement said.
It said Rabbani and Mogherini discussed security challenges Afghanistan faced and the need to work together for ensuring peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.
The upcoming Heart of Asia Meeting in Islamabad (9 December) will be significant for meeting shared objectives, it added.
“We agreed that next year's Ministerial Conference in Brussels should be a catalyst for mobilising much needed political and financial support for Afghanistan's future with the help of our international partners.”
In this regard, the statement said the national unity government in Afghanistan reaffirms an equally strong commitment to reform and change.
The two exchanged views on the migration challenges and agreed to hold a Senior Officials Meeting early 2016 to further their cooperation.
“We will now focus on engaging in an effective preparation of the conference together, also along with the EU Member States as well as other key partners in the international community.”
Rabbani said they were determined to strengthen partnership with the international community in the interest of peace and development for the Afghans.
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