THE HAGUE (AFP) - Afghanistans international backers, including Iran and the United States, met Tuesday to try to boost efforts to combat the Taliban-led insurgency and spread democracy in the shattered nation. Only if all the neighbours of Afghanistan have the political will to contribute will there be a chance for Afghanistan, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said as the meeting began in The Hague. The one-day conference puts Pakistan, a haven for Osama bin Ladens Al-Qaeda network, at the epicentre of international efforts, but also attempts to draw in other neighbours, like China and Russia. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined representatives from some 90 countries and organisations taking part in the one-day meeting. Iran will take part in the talks - hosted by the Netherlands, the United Nations and Afghanistan - but Hillary said she had no plans for a meeting here with Irans Deputy Foreign Minister Muhammad Mehdi Akhoondzadeh.