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Meeting to launch new commitment to Afghanistan

The US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan says a UN conference on Tuesday will start a renewed international commitment to the future security of the two violence-plagued nations.

world Updated: Mar 30, 2009 22:48 IST

The US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan says a UN conference on Tuesday will start a renewed international commitment to the future security of the two violence-plagued nations.

Richard Holbrooke says the "big tent meeting" in The Hague on Afghanistan's future is already a success based solely on the number of countries that agreed to attend.

Some 80 countries, ranging from the United States to its old enemy Iran, are sending high-ranking delegations to the one-day conference.

Holbrooke says Iran is a crucial player in what is a regional crisis with its epicenter in southern Afghanistan and western Pakistan.