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Iran to attend Kabul international conference

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will head to Kabul on Tuesday to participate in the international conference in Afghanistan.


Kabul will host an international conference on July 20, where senior officials from the international community would be getting together to discuss Afghanistan's priorities on different areas. The conference will be attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Mottaki has been invited by his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul to the conference.

The conference will also be attended by senior officials from the United Nations, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Germany, some other European countries, and Afghanistan's neighbors, as well as officials from international organizations including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Afghan officials have pinned great hope on this conference because the European countries and the U.S. have postponed delivering aid to Afghanistan for the reconstruction of this country till after this conference.

A series of international conferences were held previously in different countries including Germany, Japan, France, and Britain with the purpose of promoting security in Afghanistan and reconstruct the war-ravaged country.

The Kabul Conference is a follow-up to the London conference held in January where international community had renewed its support to Afghanistan and agreed to channel 50 percent of the donors' fund through the Afghan government.

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