I am honored to address the German Council on Foreign Relations and I look forward to a useful and mutually enriching exchange following my initial remarks. My visit to Berlin this time is primarily, for me, an occasion to express my heartfelt thanks to the Government and people of Germany for their constant and generous support to the efforts of the people of Afghanistan to re-establish peace and security in their country.
Overview of Current Reconstruction Efforts
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The reconstruction of Afghanistan is a very long-term task; one that plays a critical role in improving the lives of the Afghan people and in stabilizing the country after so many years of war. Yet, this stability is threatened by the continued insecurity throughout much of the country, which poses a severe constraint on reconstruction activities.