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UN assures Kabul of support

UN assures Kabul of support

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May 21, 2012 - 10:47

CHICAGO (PANinfo-icon): United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told President Hamid Karzai the NATOinfo-icon Summit was an important milestone in transition and the global community would continue to support the country.

On the sidelines of the two-day conference in Chicago, Ban promised the international community would continue to support Afghanistaninfo-icon after the withdrawal of international combat troops in 2014.

“While noting the steps the Afghan authorities have taken on governance, Ban said that amid a global fiscal crisis donors would continue to link long-term aid with delivery on governance,” a UN spokesman said.

Reiterating UN’s readiness to provide support to Afghan authorities to produce credible and democratic elections, he underscored the importance of political reconciliation, socio-economic development and human rights, especially to improve the status of womeninfo-icon and girls.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met his British counterpart Philip Hammond to discuss the importance of supporting a sustainable Afghan national security force.

“They discussed the unfolding transition in Afghanistan, the importance of supporting a sustainable Afghan National Security Force and the need to frame an effective enduring relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

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