Afghan reform agenda hailed at London conference

 

London: The international community welcomed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani`s reform agenda for his country at a conference in London.

Britain and Afghanistan on Thursday co-hosted the London conference to discuss Afghanistan`s future and international support for it after the withdrawal of NATO-led coalition forces by the end of 2014, Xinhua reported.

The conference was attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and many other senior leaders from around the world.

Ghani outlined his reform agenda for Afghanistan, which provides a "credible framework" for improving security, political stability, economic and fiscal stabilisation, advancing good governance, promoting the rule of law, and fighting corruption, among other goals.

"The participants welcomed the Afghan government`s plans to enhance productivity, increase its domestic revenue mobilisation, to attract more private sector investment, and stimulate growth and employment opportunities," a joint communique issued at the end of the conference said.

The participants also noted that security is a prerequisite for Afghanistan`s continued development, reaffirming the importance of the peace process to ending violence and sustaining development in Afghanistan.

"The Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process towards reconciliation and peace must be transparent and inclusive, representing the legitimate interests of all Afghans, including women," the communique added.

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