Three vital conferences on Afghanistan ahead: Rassoul
Mon May 28, 11:08 am
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the neighboring countries to stop interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.
Talking to a press conference Sunday the Foreign Minister Zulmai Rassoul said the Chicago Conference and the long-term strategic accords with the powerful countries especially with the United States opened a new chapter for Afghanistan’s relations with the world.
Rassoul stressed the strategic covenants were not harmful for any country, ensuring the Afghan soil would never be used against any country especially the neighbors.
This comes as several regional countries especially Iran had opposed the Afghan-US Strategic Pact. Allegations were rumored Iran was trying to prevent the Afghan Parliament from approving the alliance.
Iran has said that the long-term presence of the US in the region is against its interests, and has demanded an early withdraw of the US from the region.
Zulmai Rassoul said three important regional and global meetings on Afghanistan were ahead. Soon a meeting of foreign ministers of Central Asian Countries would be held in Kabul, Rassoul advised.
Following this meeting, Rassoul said, regional Shanghai and Tokyo conferences on Afghanistan’s economic growth would be organized in the near future.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the international community had committed in the Chicago Summit to provide $4.1 billion dollars annually for the funding of Afghan security forces.
The biggest NATO summit was held May 20-21 in Chicago where the representatives of 60 countries, top NATO leaders and donor agencies gathered to announce their commitments for continued assistance to Afghanistan beyond the year 2014.