BRUSSELS– The European Parliament (EP) said Thursday that political and economic progress in Afghanistan is visible, but still very fragile and could be reversed by growing security challenges.
Per capita GDP has grown fivefold, life expectancy has increased by almost 15 years and the number of girls attending schools has also risen. But this progress is very fragile and reversible, warned the EP in a resolution adopted today.
It noted that despite major international efforts, Afghanistan is still facing a serious conflict. The security situation has deteriorated and the number of terrorist attacks has multiplied, resulting in the highest number of casualties since 2009.
It expressed alarme by the Taliban’s ongoing territorial expansion and by the recent strengthening of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda groups in Afghansitan.
The EP stressed that internal reconciliation and Afghan-led and -owned peace process is the only way forward and urged the Afghan government to pursue further reforms and stable relations with neighbours, and to fight corruption, radicalisation, terrorism and its financing.
Source: Kuwait News Agency