Clinton Seeks World Meeting on Afghanistan

High-level conference would develop 'common way forward'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 5, 2009 9:25 AM CST
Clinton with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels today. She proposed an international high-level meeting to discuss Afghanistan and the future of the war there.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has proposed a high-level international conference on Afghanistan sponsored by the United Nations and attended by a wide range of countries including Pakistan and NATO allies. The secretary of State presented the proposal at a NATO meeting in Brussels, where she said the session could be held March 31.

"We hope that this meeting could provide an opportunity to reach a common set of principles on a common way forward," Clinton said. Discussions are under way to have UN chief Ban Ki-moon open the conference. She urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to attend, along with countries with troops in Afghanistan and "key regional and strategic countries"—which appeared to mean Russia and India.