UN assures Kabul of support.
CHICAGO (PAN): United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-Moon (bän kē-mn), 1944–, South Korean diplomat, secretary-general of the United Nations (2007–), b. Chungju, grad. Seoul National Univ. (B.S. told President Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai (Persian and Pashto: حامد کرزي) (b. December 24, 1957) is the current President of Afghanistan, since December 7, 2004. He became the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime. the NATO Summit A NATO summit is a summit meeting that is regarded as a periodic opportunity for Heads of State and Heads of Government of NATO member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities. was an important milestone in transition and the global community would continue to support the country.
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Of or relating to investors who, having assessed the market, have decided to avoid committing their funds. of the two-day conference in Chicago, Ban promised the international community would continue to support Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international combat troops in 2014.
"While noting the steps the Afghan authorities have taken on governance, Ban said that amid a global fiscal crisis donors would continue to link long-term aid with delivery on governance," a UN spokesman said.
Reiterating UN's readiness to provide support to Afghan authorities to produce credible and democratic elections, he underscored the importance of political reconciliation, socio-economic development and human rights, especially to improve the status of women and girls.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met his British counterpart Philip Hammond to discuss the importance of supporting a sustainable Afghan national security force.
"They discussed the unfolding transition in Afghanistan, the importance of supporting a sustainable Afghan National Security Force and the need to frame an effective enduring relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
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