Today, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a Joint Communication on elements for an EU strategy on Afghanistan (available online). In doing so, they have set out their vision for how the European Union can support Afghanistan both to address the delicate security situation and the fragile economic situation it is facing and to bring about positive change for the Afghan people. The High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, said: “The Afghan people deserve peace and prosperity. As the European Union, we have been standing by them and will continue to do so, in support of the reform process, of Afghanistan’s democratic path, of the rule of law and human rights, and of bringing peace to the country, to the benefit not only of all Afghans but also of the entire region and the international community as a whole.” Neven Mimica, the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, said: “Afghanistan is not alone. We will continue the support which we have been providing since 2002 – to make sure that the development achievements of the last years are not lost.” The Joint Communication focusses on five priority areas, namely: peace, stability and regional security; democracy, the rule of law and human rights; economic and human development; migration; and empowering women and proposes ways in which the European Union can work, in close cooperation with civil society, the Afghan authorities, and all stakeholders, towards lasting peace, a consolidated democracy, equitable development and social justice in Afghanistan. A full press release is available online. For more information on EU-Afghanistan relations, see the factsheet and the website of the EU Delegation.