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Conference on Strengthening Consensus for Peace in Afghanistan

KABUL – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hosted a conference on “Strengthening Consensus for Peace” on July 6, 2020.

The conference held via VTC was attended by representatives from over twenty countries and international organizations. The opening statement was made by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the conference was chaired by the Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar. H.E. Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation concluded the conference.

Participants emphasized the importance of international consensus on peace through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process. Participants focused on the latest developments in the peace process including the need for Reduction in Violence (RiV) by the Taliban, the release of prisoners by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, start of intra-Afghan dialogue, and the need for the establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Taking note of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) report on the high levels of violence in Afghanistan and the recent call for peace from the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), participants appealed to the Taliban to significantly reduce violence in order to facilitate the immediate start of intra-Afghan dialogue.

Participants reaffirmed their commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and emphasized the need to preserve the values and achievements of the last two decades.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation Meets German Embassy Chargé d'affaires to Kabul

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation, Mirwais Nab, met with Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Kabul, Mr Gregory Bledjian.

Deputy Minister Nab expressed appreciation for Germany’s constructive role in Afghanistan and deliberated on the importance of regional and international support for the Afghan peace process. He highlighted the latest efforts of the Afghan Foreign Ministry on garnering regional consensus and beginning intra-Afghan negotiation.

Both sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the peace process such as the need for a reduction of violence, release of prisoners by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, the importance of regional engagement and consensus, and the importance of beginning Intra-Afghan negotiation.

Telephone Conversation between the Acting Foreign Minister and the British Ambassador to Afghanistan

KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation with British Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ms Alison Blake CMG.

At the onset, both sides exchanged views on the global experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and deliberated the impacts it has had on Afghanistan and the United Kingdom. 

The main topic of discussion was the Afghan peace process. Both sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the peace process such as concerns on the increase in the level of violence, the mechanisms needed for monitoring a reduction of violence, release of prisoners by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and the importance of beginning intra-Afghan negotiation.

Minister Atmar and Ambassador Blake also deliberated the importance of regional and international engagement and the need for consensus on the Afghan peace process.

The British Ambassador reiterated the support of the British government for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Telephone Conversation between the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan

KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation with Mr Raşit Meredov, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan.

At the onset, Minister Atmar expressed appreciation for the humanitarian assistance provided by Turkmenistan to Afghanistan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussions then focussed on the videoconference call between the Presidents of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan and both sides exchanged views on the best means of implementing the decisions made during the call. 

The Ministers also discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, the Afghan peace process - focusing on the role of the region and importance of regional consensus for the process, and exchanged views with regard to preparatory meetings for the implementation of the TAPI Project.

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Members of the International Coordination and Response Group to Support Families of the Victims of Flight PS752

KABUL –  The Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Canada, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Sweden, as members of the International Coordination and Response Group, to support families of victims of Flight PS752, held a conference call for the downing of Ukrainian Flight PS752 and on the importance of state-to-state negotiations by signing a MoU on Cooperation regarding Negotiations on Reparations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

By signing this MoU, the ministers reiterated their call for an investigation into the the tragic plane crash, which resulted in the loss of 176 lives including Afghan nationals as well as for a fair compensation to the families of victims.

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