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Report of the Afghan Political Opposition’s visit to Bonn, 2-6 December 2011

A high-level delegation of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA), the main Afghan political opposition, visited Germany during the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, 5 December 2011.

The delegation was led by Former Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Mahmoud Saikal. Other members of the delegation included prominent journalist Dr. Nadjib Yussufi and social specialist, Dr. Sultana Parvanta.

The delegation held side meetings with more than ten international delegations, which were participating in the Bonn Conference, including those from the United States, United Nations, European Union, United Kingdom, People’s Republic of China, France, the United Arab Emirates, Hungary and New Zealand.

During these meetings, the Afghan political opposition delegation stressed the need for strengthening the rule of law, improving governance, restoring the credibility of the electoral process and pursuing reconciliation with justice, from a position of strength. To bring reform in these areas, the delegation made concrete recommendations and sought the support of the international community towards their implementation.

The international community welcomed the presence of the Afghan political opposition delegation in Bonn. Many delegates stated that they shared the views of the NCA on various issues and that they will pursue them further.

The delegation also met with officials from the German Foreign Affairs Ministry and exchanged views on shared interests. During the meeting, the delegation praised Germany’s security and development aid to Afghanistan and conveyed the gratitude of the Leadership Council of theNCA to the German Government for hosting the Conference.

In addition, the delegation had informal meetings with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan & Central Asia, and members of civil society, including prominent German-based Afghan professionals.

The visit was widely covered by the national and international media, including Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, BBC, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, Radio France International, Poland Radio, Tolo TV, Arman-e-Meli Daily and others.

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