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Finland co-hosts international conference on Afghanistan

Finland has been involved in Afghan reconstruction since 2002. 

Ulkoministeri Pekka Haavisto.
Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto is co-hosting the conference. Image: Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva

Finland is co-hosting a conference on Afghanistan aimed at setting out a development framework for the next four years, and secure commitments from the international community for continued aid to the country.

The 2020 Afghanistan Conference is co-hosted by Finland, the United Nations and the Afghan Government.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the conference is a virtual event. Around 70 countries and dozens of organisations were set to participate.

Finland is represented at the conference by Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto, and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari.

"Many sectors in Afghanistan need help, but education should be the priority, as well as supporting the status of girls and women in the country, and rural development. The entire country’s development should be brought to the same level, and this is a unifying factor between the current Afghan government and the opposition as well," Haavisto said in an interview with Yle.

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