Let me join my colleagues here today warmly welcoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, H.E. Lundeg Purevsuren, to the FSC and thank him for his comprehensive opening statement, detailed presentation of priorities for the FSC 2015 and commitment to expand on the relationship with the OSCE Asian partners.
Also, we wish our Mongolian colleagues every success for the FSC Chairmanship, and we pledge our full support to our good friend, Ambassador Gunaajav and his team here in Vienna.
Afghanistan is ready to enhance our co-operation with the FSC, as regional cooperation and confidence building measures in the region remain a top priority for Afghanistan, against the backdrop of the NATO/ISAF withdrawal. The newly formed National Unity Government is committed to continuing its partnership with the OSCE to address all relevant issues, including the proliferation of small arms and weapons and the implementation of UNSC resolutions, among them 1540 and 1325.
We welcome your initiative to hold a security dialogue on ‘Women in conflict and the challenges of implementing UNSC 1325’. Afghanistan is willing to actively contribute to this session.
Afghanistan remains committed to its close co-operation with the OSCE in 2015 and to enhance co-operation in a number of areas of mutual concern, across all three dimensions, and security clearly continues to be one of our priorities in our collaboration with the OSCE.
Once again, thank you Mr. Minister.