Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, January 21st, 2018

EU Partnership Pact Will have Positive Impacts

As the international troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, concerns have increased about the future security and stability of economy of Afghanistan. It is feared that Afghanistan might return to its 90's, although the international allies of Afghanistan have urged they would remain involved here for a long term. The strategic partnership between Afghanistan and the United States is expected to be finalized and endorsed soon. Strategic deal between Afghanistan and India has already been signed. The impact of such deals is, no doubt, positive for security, economy and the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

European Union has been among the largest donors of Afghanistan and has significantly contributed to development and reconstruction process of this country. The European Union aims to kick-start a partnership pact with Afghanistan this week ranging from economic affairs to human rights and counter-terrorism, ahead of the 2014 transition.

EU foreign ministers holding talks in Brussels are expected to agree "a negotiation mandate for a co-operation agreement for partnership and development" with Afghanistan, diplomatic sources said Friday. "It is key that the EU remains committed to Afghanistan beyond 2014", when civil aspects of transition shift to the Afghan government as tens of thousands of foreign combat troops leave the nation, an EU diplomat said.

The deal would cover institution-building, administration of public finances, respect for human rights, development, economic issues, counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics. The EU, which along with its member states provides around one billion Euros a year in assistance, is also expected to approve a three-year extension of the EU police mission in Afghanistan.

In order to let democracy and peace nurture and for social, political and economic stability in Afghanistan, it is pivotal for the international community to remain committed to this country for longer terms and not merely confine their support until 2014. Like the European Union, other allies of Afghanistan are also expected to re-affirm their commitments towards Afghanistan.