Nowruz represents the first day of spring, the arrival of a new year and a spirit of hope. I share your hope for a prosperous Afghanistan, where every woman and man can live in peace.
The European Union is a longstanding friend of the people of Afghanistan, and together with our member states we are in 2021 the largest donor contributing to the development of Afghanistan.
With our support, more people in this country have access to better health care and electricity, increased income through trade and profitable agriculture. We are the leading advocate for human rights and a pluralistic society where everyone is respected and can lead a dignified life. Our substantial contribution gives people increased access to efficient justice all over the country.
The EU provides space for civil society and we support a free and independent media. We listen to the people of Afghanistan.
The EU is also the world’s largest and most successful experiment of peace-making through dialogue, co-operation and integration. Therefore, also achieving peace in Afghanistan is one of our main interests. We believe in the power of fair processes and institutions. Institutions to constantly find acceptable compromises. Hence, we stand ready to also help you maintain fair processes and institutions to make peace.
As we look forward to a new year, this support and these achievements will have to be safeguarded.