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Regional cooperation key to Afghanistan’s stability: Agha Khan

Regional cooperation key to Afghanistan’s stability: Agha Khan

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Nov 29, 2018 - 16:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Agha Khan has reaffirmed his enduring commitment to Afghanistaninfo-icon’s and most importantly to its people’s development, according to a statement on Thursday.

Speaking at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan he said: “As we come together to support the National Unity Government, investing in civil societyinfo-icon – encouraging private organisations designed to serve public goals – deserves equal attention. Such institutions can be stabilising factors and points of continuity. That is why AKDN supports the full spectrum of civil society, devoting special attention to healthinfo-icon, educationinfo-icon, culture, community governance, and public-private partnerships to deliver other services.”

The Aga Khan also stated that “the experience of the past seventeen years has strongly reinforced my conviction that the path to sustainable peace in Afghanistan depends heavily on two key principles – regional cooperation, which is key for national development and stability; and a commitment to pluralism – the country’s diversity must be cultivated as a source of strength.  Everyone in all regions should benefit from investment that creates hope for the future.  This is a guiding principle of our investment in Afghanistan”.

“I have always maintained that my institutions would make a permanent commitment to the country. Therefore, on behalf of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network, I underline, once again, our enduring commitment to Afghanistan and to its peoples,” he said.

“To foster regional integration, we have expanded the transmission lines of Pamir Energy from Tajikistan into Northern Afghanistan, providing some villages with power for the first time. We will soon start work on a sixth cross-border bridge and market between those countries, and are in advanced discussions to increase substantially electrification from the border to Faizabad,” he said.

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