At an invitation of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, Dr. Mohammad Daud Yaar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the UK, spoke at a panel of security experts organized by 2BS (To Be Secure) Forum held at Budva, Montenegro, on May 29-31, 2014. The Forum was attended by representatives of NATO member states and Montenegro’s neighbouring countries. The Forum discussed the security challenges facing the world during the upcoming years and the potential for NATO’s expansion.
In his presentation to the Forum, Dr Yaar reported on the unprecedented socio-economic progress made in Afghanistan during the last thirteen years. He discussed some the security lessons that NATO should have learned as a result of over-a-decade long engagement in Afghanistan. Dr Yaar also elaborated on the potential security challenges that Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries will be facing during the next two decades. He emphasized the importance of concerted action by the countries of the region to cope with the changing nature of the threats facing the Central Asia-South Asia theatre. The panel on which Dr Yaar spoke included Barbora Maronkova (Program Officer of Public Diplomacy Division at NATO Headquarters, Brussels), Dr Mimi Kodheli (Minister of Defence of Albania), Admiral Dragan Samardzic (Chief of General Staff of Montenegro’s Armed Forces), General John Allen (Distinguished Fellow at Brookings Institution and former NATO commander in Afghanistan), and Dr Pauletta Otis (Professor of Security Studies at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, USA). As part of his presentation, Dr. Yaar assured the Forum participants of the success of security and political transitions in Afghanistan.
On the sidelines of the Forum, Dr Yaar met with some representatives of ISAF-member countries and thanked them for their contribution towards ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.