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Neighbours urged to help stabilise Afghanistan

A senior UN official called on Thursday for Afghanistan's neighbours to work towards mending tense regional relationships so that the conflict-torn country could be rebuilt.

Kai Eide, head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, is seeking to expand the world body's role in areas such as regional economic cooperation and cross-border infrastructure.

Eide, on his first visit to Islamabad since his appointment in March, said his priority was to harness the momentum from an international conference in Paris last month when donors pledged more than $20 billion in additional aid for Afghanistan.

Other areas where regional cooperation is needed include combating Afghanistan's runaway illegal narcotics industry and its raging Taliban-led insurgency.

Eide said the UN was ready to facilitate "constructive" regional ties and that the reaction of Pakistani leaders in meetings on Thursday was "positive."

He wouldn't elaborate on exactly what role the UN could play in the regional cooperation or what it would like to see from Pakistan.

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