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New U.N. Envoy Arrives in Afghanistan

The new U.N. envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, arrived in Kabul on March 28. Eide has promised to improve coordination both among the international community and between the international community and the Afghan government. "The Afghan government has asked for that for a very long time and we have to respond in a better way than we have managed so far," said Eide, a former Norwegian ambassador to NATO.

Upon his arrival in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to give an expanded UN political mission in Afghanistan authority to coordinate international civilian and military efforts. The political mission’s mandate was renewed for another year to achieve “a strengthened and expanded presence throughout the country,” as well as to empower Mr. Eide to provide for more coherent support by the international community to the Afghan government.

In a letter to Mr. Eide, Ambassador Said T. Jawad conveyed his gratitude for the envoy’s personal commitment at a challenging moment of history. “Your extensive diplomatic experience and deep knowledge and devotion will help us make better strides in our transition towards building a democratic, stable and civil society in Afghanistan,” he wrote. 

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