Addressing a UN General Assembly meeting on Monday, after the adoption on this year’s resolution on Afghanistan, CEO Abdullah Abdullah briefed the delegates on the situation in the country and said the move would help Afghanistan in its efforts to achieve peace.
He also said that progress has been made in the country and that “Afghanistan has regained its status as a responsible member of the international community”.
He said the Afghan national security forces have recorded many successes in recent months especially in thwarting insurgent attempts to capture towns and cities.
He welcomed Monday’s decision by the UN to adopt this year’s resolution and said it reaffirmed the international community’s support to Afghanistan.
Abdullah went on to say that fostering good relations with neighboring countries, especially Pakistan, was important but that concrete steps need to be taken to eliminate insurgents in regional countries and to eradicate safe havens.
He also said that domestic revenue generation had increased substantially and that steady progress was being made regarding domestic infrastructure projects, which included roads among others.
Abdullah reported briefly on last week’s RECCA meeting and said that it had been successful. He also briefed delegates on three major regional development projects that would have a profound impact on Afghanistan.
This, he said was the Lapis Lazuli Corridor, the CASA-1000 project and the TAPI project.
“Such mega projects hold the key to propelling Afghanistan to prosperity,” he said.
Discussing the issue of rule of law, he said concerted efforts were being made in this respect and that focus was also being given to tackling the drug problem in the country.
In conclusion he said government is committed to bringing reforms to the electoral process and to holding parliamentary elections next year and presidential elections in 2019.