Germany Offers to Host Intra-Afghan Peace Talks

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KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation with Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.

During the call, Minister Maas offered his condolences for the recent terrorist attacks on the provincial headquarters of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in Samangan Province and strongly condemned the high level of violence perpetrated by the Taliban. He expressed his hope for the Taliban to immediately reduce their level of violence and begin intra-Afghan negotiations.

Minister Maas expressed the readiness of the Federal Republic of Germany to host intra-Afghan peace negotiations, in coordination with international partners, if agreed to by both the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. Furthermore, he reiterated the German governments commitment to continue to support Afghanistan and assist the peace process.

Minister Atmar welcomed Germany’s offer to host intra-Afghan peace negotiations and expressed appreciation for their continued support to the people and government of Afghanistan. He acknowledged the special relationship that exists between the two countries and requested Germany’s continued cooperation in strengthening regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace process.

Minister Atmar reiterated the Afghan governments commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations and requested German support in training and capacity building for Afghan diplomats.  Minister Maas agreed to extend German support on the matter.

In closing, Minister Maas offered to host Minister Atmar in Germany once restrictions over the Covid-19 pandemic have been lifted.

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