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National Governments’ role discussed in Herat conference

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The western province of Herat hosted the sixth international security conference where security officials, politicians and diplomats from 19 countries and international organizations participated in the dialogue held on Friday. The role of the national government was the theme of the conference.

The two-day conference was initiated by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies.

“There should be a practical cooperation between the Afghan security forces and security organs of the neighboring countries in the future. To reach this, first we should start talks,” said Dawood Muradian, head of the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies.

Moreover, Kai Eide, former special representative of the United Nations for Afghanistan, said cooperation between the Afghan politicians and the unity government needs to be strengthened.

“The political discourse is often focusing on the national agenda and the national level. There is a dangerous mismatch between the political debates, as we see in many countries, and the actual reality. A mismatch that could quickly lead to further frustration,” he said.

In addition to that, former national security adviser, Rangin Dadfar Spanta came hard over the system in the country, saying that the current democracy had been imposed on Afghanistan and its people.

“We do not have a strong movement to seek democracy; this is why we are faced with problems in this respect,” Spanta said.

Herat Governor, Mohammad Asef Rahimi said such “healthy” discussions could play important role in promoting trust and cooperation between the regional countries.

“No doubt, such conferences and meetings in which the academic and national figures come together and talk on the region and the world’s situation will have an impact on the international decision making process,” said Rahimi.

On the sidelines of this security conference, Afghan officials and representatives from US, India, Pakistan and Iran held talks about the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.