The Hague to host Afghanistan talks
An international conference on the future of Afghanistan will be held 31 March in The Hague.
THE HAGUE—The Netherlands will host a high level conference on the future of Afghanistan on 31 March in The Hague, the Dutch government said Tuesday.
"Under the auspices of the United Nations, a high-level conference on the future of Afghanistan will be held in The Hague on 31 March," a foreign ministry statement said, adding it would likely be chaired by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
Foreign ministers and representatives of international bodies involved in security and reconstruction in Afghanistan will be invited.
"The attendees will include delegates from countries that border on Afghanistan or are part of the wider region, countries that are part of the International Security Assistance Force and other countries that are contributing to reconstruction in Afghanistan," said the statement.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called last week for a high-level conference on Afghanistan "and the broader regional challenge."
She said Afghan and Pakistani officials would be invited, with NATO allies, donors, international organisations and "key regional and strategic" nations.
In what is being seen as a new overture by US President Barack Obama's administration towards arch-foe Iran, Clinton has said Tehran will receive an invitation to the gathering.
Nearly 70,000 foreign troops under NATO and US command have been fighting a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan since late 2001.