Gearing Up for Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan

On 28 November 2018, the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations will host a Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in the Palais des Nations of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells, after having visited Kabul, proceeded to visit Islamabad.
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As per US State Department’s statement, Alice Wells’ main agenda on her Islamabad visit was the peace process in Afghanistan, “review key items on our bilateral agenda, including the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan and joint efforts to advance the Afghan peace process”.

The conference is to provide a “platform for the Afghan government and international community to demonstrate progress, commitment and opportunities for peace, development and security of Afghanistan,” states UNAMA.

The Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan will be held between two pledging conferences: the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (2016) and the next pledging conference expected to be held in 2020.

The Geneva Ministerial Conference will be held after the Moscow Peace Talks-an event organised by Russia which has invited 12 countries and some key leaders or stakeholders apart from Taliban. The Taliban have confirmed to be sending a delegation to the talks.

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