Karzai links progress to global support
Afghanistan’s in political, economic and social progress over the past 13 years would have been impossible without consistent support from the international community, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.
At a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, the outgoing leader said consistent aid from the global community and its presence in Afghanistan would long be remembered in the country’s history.
In a statement from his office, Karzai said: “In fact, Afghanistan’s progress in the political, economic and social domain has been the desire of the people. Certainly, this progress was impossible without foreign support. While bowing out, I would like to thank you on behalf of the Afghan people.”
Afghan children are currently in school, roads have been rebuilt, and considerable progress has been made in the health sector with the support of the international community, the president noted.
However, he regretted the Afghans were still struggling with some critical issues, including violence. Afghans want to live in an atmosphere of peace and amity, he explained, seeking global support on the drive for reconciliation.
“I feel certain you will continue to cooperate with Afghanistan in achieving permanent peace. With your support, the new president will ensure the security of Afghan people,” he told the audience, including US, Canadian, Indian, Chinese, Tajik and EU ambassadors.
The foreign diplomats speaking on the occasion acknowledged the President Karzai’s role in fostering national unity and putting Afghanistan on the road to progress during his tenure. They particularly lauded the headway made in the areas of political, security, economic, educational, and women’s rights.
The diplomats reiterated the commitments made by their countries to help sustain peace and stability during the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Karzai said his discussion with world leaders was characterised by both cordial and terse exchanges, but such frank meetings were reflective of the close relationships he had built.