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The EU and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are committed to a secure, stable, free, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan. The EU is one of Afghanistan’s largest donors.

On 16 November 2005, the EU and Afghanistan adopted a Joint Declaration setting out a new partnership. This Joint Declaration outlines increased co-operation, based on Afghan ownership, across a range of areas. It also establishes a regular political dialogue, with annual meetings at Ministerial level and reaffirms the EU’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan.

The Country Strategy Paper for Afghanistan 2007-2013 has been drafted against a background of an evolving political and economic scene. The Afghanistan Compact , launched at the London Conference in January 2006, provides the political framework for cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community for the current 5 year period.

The EU’s assistance reflects the priorities set out in Afghanistan’s National Development Strategy adopted at the Paris Conference on 12 June 2008, including support for justice and law and order; combating narcotics production; and assisting on health sector.