The Hague gears up for Afghanistan summit

Officials from 72 different countries including US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will be in The Hague for an international summit on the future of Afghanistan on Tuesday, the foreign ministry confirmed on Monday.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Afghan president Karzai are also among the 700 delegates. The summit is taking place under the auspices of the UN.
‘All these countries and organisations want to work towards the future of Afghanistan,’ foreign minister Maxime Verhagen said. ‘I have every confidence tomorrow’s meeting will lead to a new political elan. And that will help the Afghans to slowly take more responsibility for the security and rebuilding of their country.’
Security operation
With police mounting a massive security operation, commuters and locals are being urged to avoid large parts of the city because of long delays. Air space over the city has been closed to small aircraft.
On Monday officials said several dozen people among the 1,500 people working at the conference centre had been rejected after failing security checks.
For a Wall Street Journal report on the aims of the conference, click here

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