| GEO World|
| Meeting to launch new commitment to Afghanistan|
| Updated at: 1217 PST, Tuesday, March 31, 2009|
Netherlands: More than 70 nations were meeting Tuesday to reinvigorate international efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan's lawless western border region.
The hastily convened one-day conference in this Dutch city brings together all the countries bordering Afghanistan, including Iran, and all nations contributing troops to the NATO-led international force fighting Taliban insurgents.
It will be opened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. ``We have great expectations,'' Karzai said after arriving Monday night.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to outline President Barack Obama's new strategy _ unveiled last week _ for boosting security and strong government in Afghanistan.