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Afghanistan conference in The Hague


US officials say Iran’s participation in today’s UN-backed conference on Afghanistan in The Hague is a key part of boosting the global effort to bring peace and stability to the war-torn country.

With nearly 90 countries and organisations taking part, including the major powers and NATO, US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke hailed the meeting as a “success”: “The creation of the current government in Afghanistan in the Bonn negotiations of 2002 involved Iran and they played an important role, and when the government decided to invite them, it seemed to us to be the most logical thing in the world.” NGOs met yesterday ahead of today’s conference. Experts say the needs of the Afghan people should be at the core of all policy decisions: Dutch security analyst Edwin Bakker said: “If you don’t look at people’s basic needs, at the economy, whether they have jobs, whether they have money… if that is not in your strategy then people will not have faith in your big international mission in national politics.” Aid workers later flew kites to symbolise Afghanistan’s hoped-for freedom from the Taliban, which banned the activity. Experts say the hope is that the seven hour meeting will itself launch a broader international commitment to peace in the turbulent region.

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