Ambassador Patey addressed an audience of invited guests including Foreign Minister Rassoul, Ambassadors, Afghan officials and diplomats to mark the opening of the Centre. He said: “I am delighted to be attending the opening of the Centre, which the British Embassy is proud to support. Regional cooperation is crucial to the long-term stability of Afghanistan. The UK’s support for the Centre demonstrates the UK’s commitment to supporting Afghanistan to take increasing control of its own future in the region.”
The Centre for Regional Cooperation will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate and deliver on Afghanistan’s regional cooperation priorities, particularly through preparing Afghanistan’s participation in regional organisations, such as the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference for Afghanistan (RECCA), the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Central Asia Regional Cooperation Cooperation (CAREC).