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Federal Minister Steinmeier travels to the International Afghanistan Conference in The Hague

29.03.2009 - Press release

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier represented the Federal Government at the "International Conference on Afghanistan – Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context" in The Hague. The conference served to define political positions. Special attention was devoted to the regional dimension of international Afghanistan policy.

On Tuesday 31 March, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will represent the Federal Government at the "International Conference on Afghanistan – Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context" in The Hague. He will be accompanied by Ambassador Bernd Mützelburg, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The conference will serve to define political positions. Special attention will be devoted to the regional dimension of international Afghanistan policy.

Moreover, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will elaborate on America's new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Federal Government trusts that this move will provide major impetus for an intensification of the international community's commitment in Afghanistan. The aim of the deliberations is to create the broadest possible strategic consensus on Afghanistan policy.

83 delegations will participate in the conference. It will be co-chaired by the United Nations as well as the Afghan and Dutch governments.

The Federal Government has long advocated a regional approach. Under Germany's G8-Presidency, Federal Minister Steinmeier launched an initiative aimed at improving Afghan-Pakistan relations which now includes more than 180 projects run by the G8-countries.

Further information is available at the conference website:

http://afghanistanconference2009.minbuza.nl

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