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EU adopts new strategy on Afghanistan

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AT-KABUL: The European Union said that it has adopted new strategy for Afghanistan in its council meeting held on Monday. The EU and its 28 Member States reconfirmed their long-term commitment to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and to support its sustainable development, the EU said in press statement sent to Afghanistan Times.

“The EU has agreed today (Monday) to adopt a new strategy on Afghanistan, which is based on the Joint Communication published earlier in July. The Afghan people deserve peace and prosperity. As the European Union, we have been standing by them and will continue to do so, in support of the reform process, of Afghanistan’s democratic path, of the rule of law and human rights, and of bringing peace to the country, to the benefit not only of all Afghans but also of the entire region and the international community as a whole. This work towards peace needs to be led by Afghans and owned by Afghans, but the active support of the region and of the international community is crucial. The Afghan people can count on the European Union to accompany this process,” said the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

The strategy on Afghanistan contained in the Council’s conclusions focuses on four priority areas: promoting peace, stability and regional security, reinforcing democracy, the rule of law and human rights and promoting good governance and women’s empowerment, supporting economic and human development, addressing challenges related to migration, the statement added.