Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
The people of Afghanistan need a lifeline.
After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they face perhaps their most perilous hour.
Now is the time for the international community to stand with them.
Let us be clear: This conference is not simply about what we will give to the people of Afghanistan. It is about what we owe.
Even before the dramatic events of the last weeks, Afghans were experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.