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.