Belgium to sign long term strategic pact with Afghanistan
By Sadaf Shinwari - Sun May 06 2012, 10:02 am
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders following his visit to Afghanistan on Saturday announced his country is prepared to sign a long term strategic cooperation agreement with Afghanistan.
While speaking during a press conference along with the Afghan foreign affairs ministers Zalmai Rassoul, he said, Belgium remains committed to support Afghanistan beyond 2014.
He said Belgium will continue to its cooperation in various sectors including economy, security and capacity building.
According to reports Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs was also accompanied by Belgian defense minister during his visit to Afghanistan.
Afghan foreign affairs minister Zalmai Rassoul also urged Belgium to continue supporting the Afghan government beyond 2014.
This comes as Afghanistan has recently signed a number of long term strategic pacts with a number of allied nations.
According to Afghan officials, Afghanistan is due to sign similar agreements with Australia and Germany in the near future.
Afghan foreign ministry officials also said Belgium has granted around $17 million in various sectors to Afghanistan besides providing military and security assistance.