Afghan president to visit Belgium
4 May 2005, BRUSSELS – Afghanistan's president is to visit Brussels next week to address NATO and the Belgian parliament.
4 May 2005
BRUSSELS – Afghanistan's president is to visit Brussels next week to address NATO and the Belgian parliament.
Hamid Karzai's spokesman Jawed Ludin announced the visit at a press conference in Kabul. Belgium will be the first stop on a tour Karzai will make to talk to European and US leaders.
Karzai's itinerary kicks off with a speech to NATO leaders. The 8,300 troops who make up the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan came under NATO command in 2003, in accordance with a United Nations mandate.
He is likely to update them on the coalition forces’ progress in containing Taliban militants in the south and the east of Afghanistan.
The Afghan president is also due to give a speech to the lower house of the Belgian parliament and meet leading members of the government.
After Belgium, Karzai will head to Strasbourg to address the European Parliament before flying to the US to meet Bush and key members of Congress.
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news