Herat hosted the sixth international security conference where representatives from 19 countries and organizations participated.
‘Role Of National Governments’ Discussed In Herat Dialogue
Security officials, politicians, diplomats and representatives from 19 countries and international organizations participated in the sixth Herat Security Dialogue on Friday where they discussed the ‘role of national governments’ – which was the theme of this year’s conference.
The two-day conference is launched by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies.
“There should be a practical cooperation between the Afghan security forces and soldiers from neighboring countries in the future. To reach this, first we should start talks,” said Davood Muradian, head of the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies.
Meanwhile, Kai Eide, former special representative of United Nations for Afghanistan, said cooperation between Afghan politicians and the Afghan government should be strengthened.
“The political discourse is often focusing on the national agenda and the national level. There is a dangerous mismatch between the political debates, as we see in many countries, and the actual reality. A mismatch that could quickly lead to further frustration,” he said.
At the same event, former national security adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta said the current democracy has been imposed on Afghanistan and its people.
“We do not have a strong movement to seek democracy; this is why we are faced with problems in this respect,” Spanta said.
Herat governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi said such discussions can play a vital role in building trust and cooperation between countries in the region.
“No doubt, such conferences and meetings in which the academic and national figures come together and talk on the region and the world’s situation will have an impact on the international decision making process,” said Rahimi.
Herat Security Dialogue will continue for two days. On the sidelines of this meeting, representatives of Afghanistan, US, Pakistan and Iran will talk about the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.