Peace process in Afghanistan must be transparent, inclusive: London Conference

Peace process in Afghanistan must be transparent, inclusive: London Conference

LONDON: The international community has said that the peace process in Afghanistan must be transparent and inclusive, representing the legitimate interests of all Afghans including women.

“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,” said a joint communique issued at the end of the London Conference on Afghanistan.

The London Conference, co-hosted by the governments of the UK and Afghanistan, held to provide a platform for the Afghan government to set out its vision for reform and for the international community to demonstrate enduring solidarity and support for Afghanistan.

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

In a joint communique after the conference, the international community reaffirmed their commitment to an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process in that country.

The international community agreed that peace and security are vital for ending violence and bringing sustainable development in Afghanistan.

“The participants welcomed the Afghan government’s plans to enhance productivity, increase its domestic revenue mobilization, attract more private sector investment, and stimulate growth and employment opportunities,” the joint communique said.

The participants of the conference hoped that this approach will reduce Afghanistan’s dependence on external support.

They reaffirmed commitment of providing $16 billion to Afghanistan next year and sustaining support through 2017 at or near the levels of the past decade.