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Afghanistan conference to be held in The Hague

Afghanistan conference to be held in The Hague

The Dutch government said Tuesday it would invite Iran to a United Nations meeting this month on Afghanistan's future.
The Foreign Ministry said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would likely attend the March 31 meeting of officials from Afghanistan's neighbors as well as nations involved in the international stabilization force and organizations contributing to security and reconstruction efforts in the war-shattered country.
Iran, as a neighbor, would also get an invitation to The Hague meeting, which is being organized also by the Netherlands, Afghanistan and the United Nations, ministry spokesman Bart Rijs said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Serbian state TV in Belgrade last week that his country was considering attending the meeting.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed the meeting earlier this month, as the Obama administration reformulates its strategy in Afghanistan. A new U.S. strategy is expected to emphasize nonmilitary means of blunting the power of insurgents, and to sharpen the focus on Pakistan's role in lessening the threat of terrorism or extremism in both countries.


Updated : 2020-12-03 21:58 GMT+08:00