United States Welcomes Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan Declaration

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 2, 2011

The United States welcomes agreement between Afghanistan, its neighbors, and the wider region on the Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s neighbors and near-neighbors have come together to offer support to a sovereign, independent, and democratic Afghanistan. They have endorsed Afghan priorities including Afghan-led reconciliation, transition to Afghan security leadership, and regionally integrated economic growth (eg, the New Silk Road vision).

The United States was pleased to participate in the Istanbul conference as a supporter of the process, and we will continue to offer our support to Afghanistan and its region as they work to follow on from the commitments in the declaration to deepen regional cooperation, starting with technical meetings in Kabul in the coming months and a foreign ministerial in Kabul next June.

We look forward to the Bonn Conference for Afghanistan on December 5, at which we will urge the international community to build on these regional efforts by making our long-term commitment to Afghanistan clearer and more specific.

PRN: 2011/1857