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Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Meets US Deputy Chief of Mission

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with the US Deputy Chief of Mission to Kabul Karen Decker.

The Deputy Foreign Minister talked about the Third Kabul Process Meeting, the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace, and Presidential Elections.

Ms. Karen emphasized Afghanistan's pivotal role in peace talks with the Taliban.

Both sides talked on bilateral relations, current situation of the country, and preparation of the Afghan list of negotiating delegation with the Taliban.

Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Meets Belgian Special Representative

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with Belgium’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mr. Arnout Pauwels.

Having given information about the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace, the Third Kabul Process Meeting, Presidential Elections, and the Peace Process Mr. Zaman asked for Belgium’s additional cooperation in the Istanbul Process and training programs for Afghan diplomats in Belgium 

Mr. Pauwels announced Belgium’s support for the Afghan Led and Owned Peace Process and promised to pave the way for training programs for Afghan diplomats.

 

Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Meets Saudi Ambassador

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Kabul Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Khalidi.

Both sides talked about the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace, the Third Kabul Process, Presidential Elections, the Afghan Led and Owned Peace Process, and extending relations between Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. 

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Afghan Migrants in Austria

VIENNA – Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with a number of Afghan Migrants at the sideline of the Annual Meeting of Counter Narcotics Committee. This meeting took place in a banquet held by the Afghan Embassy in Vienna.

Mr. Idrees Zaman talked about Afghanistan’s achievements in relation to counter narcotics and added, “Challenges on the way towards counter narcotics require regional and international efforts.” Moreover, Mr. Idrees Zaman talked about negotiations with the Taliban, the Third Kabul Process Meeting, and holding of the Consultative Loya Jirga. He expressed his assurance that during the peace talks with the Taliban the achievements gained with the blood of Afghan martyrs over the past 18 years would not be compromised.      

 

Foreign Minister Meets Iranian Ambassador to Kabul

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Saladuddin Rabbani met with Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kabul Mr. Mohammad Reza Bahrami.

Congratulating the Ambassador on the occasion of solar New Year, Foreign Minister Rabbani wished the New Year 1398 full of happiness and success for him, the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations, regional cooperation and peace & security.

 

Foreign Minister Meets Turkmen Ambassador to Kabul

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Saladuddin Rabbani met with Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Kabul Mr. Ovezov Hoja Sapargeldiyewich.

Congratulating the Ambassador on the occasion of solar New Year, Foreign Minister Rabbani appreciated the warm welcome and healthcare extended to Afghan citizens and facilitated their dignified return to Afghanistan.

The two sides discussed the progress of the bilateral and regional economic projects, Aqina Railway, TAP 500 KW Power Transmission Line, and TAPI Gas Pipeline.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Summons Pakistani Embassy’s Counselor

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Pakistani Embassy’s Counselor for clarifying recent comments made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on establishment of a new government in the near future. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expressed its serious objection to the government of Pakistan and called such utterances as clear intervention in its domestic affairs.

 

Foreign Minister Meets Indonesian Vice President

JAKARTA – Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla.

Foreign Minister thanked the Indonesian Government for its special hospitality and efforts in paving the way for face to face peace talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.

H.E Kalla called the issue of, reconciliation, post war situation, and the integration of Taliban very important.

Pointing at implementation of five recently signed agreements between the two countries, H.E Rabbani asked for capacity building of mine workers and Indonesia’s investment on the mining section of Afghanistan.

Considering Indonesia’s good experience in elections, H.E Rabbani asked H.E Kalla to share his country’s experience with the electoral commissions of Afghanistan. Recalling commitments of Indonesia with Afghanistan, the Indonesian Vice President promised to send a delegation to meet with the electoral commissions of Afghanistan and to talk on how to cooperate in holding elections in a better manner.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets Indonesian Counterpart

JAKARTA – Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Retno Mersudi.

Foreign Minister Rabbani thanked the Indonesian Government for the invitation and warm welcome and talked on the implementation of concluded agreements between the two countries and discussed the modality of peace talks in Doha.

Foreign Minister Mersudi expressed Indonesia’s readiness to host direct talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban representatives.

H.E. Rabbani appreciated the Indonesian Government for providing hundred scholarships for Afghanistan and called for Indonesia’s investment in a key area such as mining.

The two sides talked on bilateral cooperation, peace process, and regional cooperation and shared the discussed matters with the reporters.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets EU Deputy Secretary General

VIENNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the European Union Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues Mr. Christian Leffler. at the sideline of the 62nd Session of Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Deputy Minister Zaman, beside thanking the EU for its assistance with Afghanistan stated with regards to peace that he was in close contact the EU Ambassador in Kabul and he cooperates in facilitating the holding of the 3rd Kabul Process meeting.

Deputy Minister Zaman assured the EU delegation of the 30% contribution of women in the peace process and consultative peace Jirga and obtained positive response from the EU side with regards to the reintegration of the refugees, technical assistance and monitoring the transparency of the Presidential Election.

 

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