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At a High level Conference on Afghanistan in the European Parliament, on 18 December 2013, views were shared on the prospects and challenges for Afghanistan and Central Asia in the wake of this year’s troops withdrawal.

Participants highlighted there was no shortage of challenges  such as security, women’s rights, corruption, economic growth and drug production. The presidential elections will be an important test for the country.

The EU delegation stressed that women’s rights would remain a priority: "We brought health and education to Afghan women and this will not disappear."

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