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Acting Foreign Minister Meets UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan


KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ms. Deborah Lyons.

The two sides deliberated on the latest developments of the Afghan peace process exchanging views on the release of prisoners by the government and the Taliban to facilitate the urgent start of talks between the GIRoA and Taliban, the importance of strengthening regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace process and the establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire.

Both parties also discussed preparations for the Senior Officials Meeting SOM to be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan highlighted the outcomes from the recent international and regional consultation meetings on Strengthening Consensus for Peace and emphasised the importance of continuing such initiatives in the future. She also reiterated UN’s continued support for a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.

In closing, Minister Atmar thanked the UN SRSG for the UN’s positive role and continued commitment to Afghanistan.