November 28, 2018, The Geneva Conference on Afghanistan was concluded earlier this evening with the concluding remarks by H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan and the adoption of a Joint Communique.
The communique outlines the mutual commitments between Afghanistan and the international community including under the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (JMAF) and highlights both achievements and challenges in key reform areas as well as the prospects for peace.
Among other priority issues under the communique, the conference participants “acknowledged the critical role of regional partners for peace, growth and economic development, and self-reliance of Afghanistan as well as in enhancing the stability and shared prosperity of the wider region. Participants noted Afghanistan’s central role as a hub for regional trade, transit and transport. They appreciated the ongoing commitment of the government and regional partners including under the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA), the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process, SCO, SAARC, ECO as well as other regional cooperation platforms in the wider region, stressing the mutually reinforcing impact, including on trade and transit, counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics, of bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.”