The United States and Japan will co-host a meeting in Washington next week on financial aid for the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan.
State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said Thursday top officials from countries and international institutions likely to play a vital role in Afghanistan's reconstruction will be invited.
Mr. Reeker says the meeting to be held Tuesday will be the first step in a process that will later expand to include the entire international community.
Mr. Reeker said the meeting is not a donors' conference but rather a session to discuss "what the needs are and what the next steps will be".
He said invitations have been sent out to Canada, Germany, Russia, Britain, Italy, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the European Union, the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and members of a U-N support group for Afghanistan.
The U-S delegation will be headed by Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Alan Larson and Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs John Taylor.