Kabul: NATO Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has stressed the need for anti-corruption efforts in Afghanistan.
“Corruption in Afghanistan must be stamped out. The needs of the Afghan people must be put first. NATO’s training mission and Afghan National Army Trust Fund are helping to fight corruption and build strong security institutions,” he said.
He said the representatives of the European Union and NATO had assured of continued cooperation in support to Afghanistan’s long-term stability.
He said the NATO and the European Union were working together to establish lasting peace and “long-term stability” in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Pontecorvo said Pakistan will benefit much from Afghan peace process as the rest of the regional states. “Pakistan has been recognized… actually by American negotiators that they have played a helpful role.”
He also pointed towards the recent interactions with Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Staff of the Pakistani military while noting Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace process.
Ambassador Pontecorvo said a stable Afghanistan would be beneficial for the whole of South Asia.
Ambassador Pontecorvo mainly pointed towards the major infrastructural projects that would benefit the region, passing through Afghanistan, including TAPI gas pipeline and the CASA-1000 electricity project.