Afghan President Attends World Economic Forum

Kabul, January 26, 2006 (Asia Pulse) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai left Kabul Wednesday afternoon for Davos, the capital of Switzerland, to participate in an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). President Karzai and other Afghan officials accompanying him would later fly to Denmark and then to the United Kingdom.

The WEF is held annually in Davos, where world leaders and representatives of world companies discuss different political, economical and social issues.

According to the presidential statement, Karzai would meet German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, his Pakistani counterpart General Pervez Musharaf, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Mark Adams executive director of the World Economic Forum and officials of many world business companies.

President Karzai would take part in another conference entitled US Democracy and Freedom Agenda to be held in Zurich on the 28th of January, the statement added.

After the four-day Swiss visit, Hamid Karzai would leave for Denmark.

Following discussions with high officials in Switzerland and Denmark, the Afghan president would leave for the UK on 29th January to take part in the London Conference set to be held on January 31st and February 1st.