New York

25 September 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Hâmid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on the margins of the 67th General Assembly

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Hâmid Karzai, President of the Islamic   Republic of Afghanistan.
The Secretary-General congratulated President Karzai and the Afghan people on the clear, strong message from the international community of its continued commitment to Afghanistan after 2014, as elaborated over the past four months at the NATO Summit in Chicago, the Kabul Ministerial and the Tokyo Conference.
He said that we now need to work together to ensure that the mutual commitments made at these events materialize so as to bring tangible benefits to the people of Afghanistan
The Secretary-General also highlighted the importance of a sound political transition, including in terms of the next Afghan polls, progress on peace and reconciliation and regional cooperation, processes on which the United Nations stands ready to support.