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Abu Dhabi hosts meeting of International Contact Group on Afghanistan

posted on 30/01/2015: 1636 views

The UAE is committed to harness its strategic geographic location and its vast expertise to support development efforts in Afghanistan by launching development projects in sectors like agriculture, industry, health, education and housing services, and infrastructure like transport and communications, so as to create a fertile ground for stimulating the Afghan economy towards growth and prosperity, Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security and Military Affairs and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, affirmed on Thursday.

Al Mazrouei, who gave the welcoming address at the meeting of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan (ICG) in Abu Dhabi, said the UAE on January 14 signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan to renew its cooperation in areas of mutual interest, adding that the UAE believes that economic growth and stability is the safety valve to achieve security and peace in Afghanistan.

'In this context, we encourage all countries to create opportunities and forge regional and international partnerships to invest in Afghanistan,' he added.

Al Mazrouie chaired the meeting which the UAE hosted for the third time in the attendance of Ambassador Michael Koch, ICG Chairman and Germany's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and representatives of 46 countries and a number regional and international organisations.

The UAE official praised the remarkable progress Afghanistan made towards achievement of the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework, adopted at the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan in Japan on July 8, 2012, which was underpinned by the international community at recent London Conference on Afghanistan.

Congratulating Afghanistan on the formation of new cabinet, he said the achievement reflected the spirit of unity, expressing his hopes that the government would continue its efforts aimed at maintaining security and achieving prosperity for the Afghan people.

Al Mazrouie emphasised that lasting peace in Afghanistan would not be realised without inclusive, constructive participation by neighbouring countries and regional partners. 'The UAE hopes that today's meeting will provide an ideal platform to revive regional initiatives which seek to enhance and solidify regional integration and economic and political progress in Afghanistan,' he concluded. - Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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