Investing in perspective
In early 2021, Biden ordered the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. This was followed by NATO partners. The Taliban began to advance and conquered more and more provinces. On August 15, 2021, the Afghan capital Kabul fell.
A lot of (financial) support has now been withdrawn. Now the country is economically unstable and the position of many, especially women and children, has deteriorated. Currently, 24 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian aid, almost 65% of the total population lives in poverty and the recent extremely cold winter has hit the list.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hague Corporate Affairs facilitates a roundtable discussion between various stakeholders who want to discuss how the Netherlands can best implement the broader Dutch deployment in Afghanistan.
In the presence of the Dutch ambassador to Afghanistan Emiel de Bont and under the leadership of former ambassador in Paris and Beijing and secretary-general at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ed Kronenburg, a conversation will be held about what we can still do for Afghanistan at the moment. The purpose of the roundtable is twofold:
Dilemmas outlined in the letter to the House of Representatives that form the basis of the dialogue: