ISAF nations affirm long-term commitment to Afghanistan

  • 03 Apr. 2008 - 03 Apr. 2008
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  • Last updated: 08 Aug. 2008 16:04

ISAF nations welcomed the meeting with Afghan President Karzai, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, EU Commission President Barroso, EU High Representative Solana, World Bank Managing Director Ms Okonjo-Iweala, and Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sasae.

The ISAF troop-contributing nations agreed on the Comprehensive Political-Military Strategic Plan for Afghanistan and the public declaration outlining ISAF’s Strategic Vision. This declaration sets out a clear vision guided by four principles: a firm and shared long-term commitment; support for enhanced Afghan leadership and responsibility; a comprehensive approach by the international community, bringing together civilian and military efforts; and increased cooperation and engagement with Afghanistan’s neighbours, especially Pakistan.  

President Karzai reiterated the Afghan determination to take an increasingly leading role for the security of the country and announced that the Afghan National Army plans to assume responsibility for Kabul by August 2008.

The Heads of State and Government reconfirmed their long-term commitment to Afghanistan. They welcomed the appointment of Ambassador Eide from Norway as the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan. They also supported the need for an enhanced UN role in coordinating civil and military efforts by the international community.