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Video Conference of Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister with the Ambassadors of Central Asian Countries
KABUL – Deputy and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri talked with ambassadors of Central Asian countries to Kabul by conducting video conference meeting this afternoon.
Congratulating the arrival of the new year, Nowruz, to the ambassadors, Mr. Chakhansuri said that the main purpose of the video conference was to create a mechanism for medical cooperation with respect to fighting the Coronavirus pandemic and to discuss the flow of the Central Asian Republic’s goods to the region via Afghanistan.
The proposal for the above-mentioned mechanism was an Afghan initiative shared with countries located in Central Asia last week aiming at cooperation and coordination of efforts to fight against the Coronavirus and to overcome the challenges on the path of trade and transit.
During the video conference, the Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister pointed out that the Central Asian countries had great capacity for the production of foodstuff and medical supplies and equipment that can be transported to Iran and South Asia through Afghanistan. Mr. Chakhansuri added that in order to combat this deadly virus effectively, defining areas of cooperation and coordination among neighboring countries was indispensable. In this way, we can exchange experience and best practices towards preventing the spread of the virus as well as ensuring the flow of goods and foodstuff to other countries via Afghanistan.
Welcoming the proposal in principle, the Central Asian countries’ ambassadors to Kabul said that the aforesaid plan was being reviewed in their respective countries and in the near future, they will come up with their recommendations with regards to the implementation of the above-mentioned proposal.
Ambassadors of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to Kabul stated that the transit routes between Afghanistan and their countries for transporting commercial goods will normally remain open. Meanwhile, the ambassador of Uzbekistan said that his country had provided Afghanistan with an assistance of 10 trucks of foodstuff.
At the end, Deputy and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the friendly country of Uzbekistan for its assistance to Afghanistan reiterating that combatting the Coronavirus pandemic and its related challenges requires cooperation and coordination among all countries of the world.
KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation Mr. Mirwais Nab met with Ambassador of India in Kabul Mr. Vinay Kumar, in his office today.
The two sides discussed in details the recent price inflation due to the spread of Coronavirus and the situation regarding the CoVID19 epidemic. Mr. Kumar informed Mr. Nab of the readiness of 75,000 tons of wheat that had been donated to Afghanistan by India and assured the Deputy Foreign Minister that the said consignment of wheat was ready to be transported. Ambassador Kumar added that in case an Afghan delegation would like to travel to India to facilitate the transport, India would be ready to facilitate the trip despite the imposed restrictions on travelling, so that a possible food shortage is mitigated.
Deputy Minister Nab briefed the Indian Ambassador on Government of Afghanistan’s ongoing efforts such as supply of 24,000 tons of wheat to the local market, measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country particularly Herat province, allocation of AFN 400 millions for the matter as well as the second Vice President’s upcoming visit to Herat to supervise the situation. He further extended his gratitude for India’s donation of 75,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan.
KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation Mr. Mirwais Nab met with Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Kabul Mr. Wang Yu, in his office this afternoon.
At the outset, the Deputy Foreign Minister briefed the Chinese Ambassador on the situation with regards to the Coronavirus Epidemic in Afghanistan particularly Herat province and Government of Afghanistan’s efforts to contain the virus. He stated that the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan had allocated AFN 400 million for fighting the CoVID19 in Herat province and that the Second Vice President Mr. Mohammad Sarwar Danish is due to travel to Herat to supervise the performance of the relevant personnel on the matter.
The Chinese Ambassador in Kabul explained the practices in this regard and shared the experience of China in fighting the virus. He also informed Deputy Minister Nab of the People Republic of China’s intentions to help and support the people of Afghanistan in fighting this menace by donating 5000 Coronavirus Testing Kits and assured of continuation of China’s cooperation in this regard.
Ambassador Yu continued by providing information on the videoconference of the leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization that is due to be held in near future and delivered the felicitations of the President of the People’s Republic of China on the election of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as the President of Afghanistan for the second term.
KABUL – UN SRSG Tadamachi Yamamato was summoned by Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mr. Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri this afternoon. Acting Minister Chakhansuri reminded Mr. Yamamoto that the electoral process has reached to its end and in accordance with the Constitution of Afghanistan, H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been recognized and took oath as the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. President Ghani, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony, emphasized that he would establish an inclusive government. Thus, discussing matters related to Afghan politics must not be in contradiction to the Constitution of Afghanistan and international norms.
SRSG Yamamato responded with the principle UN position of not recognizing nor supporting any parallel government in Afghanistan. He insisted that he has discussed this principle position of the UN with all Afghan politicians that he has met since President Ghani took the oath.
He further presented the congratulatory letter of the UN Secretary-General, H.E. Antonio Guterres, on the occasion of President Ghani’s second-term inauguration.
Acting Minister Chakhansuri received the congratulatory letter of the UNSG and appreciated the UN support to the electoral process in Afghanistan.
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Indonesia Ms. Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, heading a high-ranking government delegation, landed in Kabul today and was received by Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri.
The Indonesian Foreign Minister and the accompanying delegation along with the Acting Minister Chakhansuri then headed to the Presidential Palace. The two sides exchanged opinions on various issues including Peace Process; the significance of OIC’s contribution and formation of a regional consensus regarding Peace in Afghanistan, women’s contribution in the process, establishment of the Islamic University in Afghanistan as well as political, economic, and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
Minster Chakhansuri, thanking Indonesia for its efforts and effective contribution towards Peace in Afghanistan, especially the convention of The Ulima Conference on Peace, expressed appreciation for cooperation of Indonesia in various areas including empowering women.
Following the visit of the Indonesian delegation, the second political consultation meeting at the MFA-Directorate level of the two countries is due to be held tomorrow in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the two sides will discuss further expansion of political, economic, and cultural cooperation.