Representatives from dozens of countries and international
organizations are heading to the Netherlands for a Tuesday conference
World leaders attending the United Nations-backed conference will
explore ways to enhance international efforts to help stabilize the
increasingly volatile country.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among those who will attend.
Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a new strategy
for Afghanistan that includes sending 4,000 troops to train Afghan
forces, in addition to the 17,000 extra troops already announced.
Mr. Obama also has pledged to put a greater emphasis on regional
diplomacy efforts to help defeat al-Qaida militants and their allies in
Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is en route to the conference in The Hague. The French news agency (AFP) says he will address the meeting Tuesday.
And Iran has confirmed it will attend the conference on its neighbor
Afghanistan. U.S. Secretary of State Clinton had proposed to the
conference hosts (Afghanistan and the Netherlands) that Iran be invited.
Iran and the United States severed diplomatic relations nearly 30 years ago.