Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and France Hold Telephonic Conversation

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KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, spoke with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, this evening.

Foreign Minister Atmar thanked the French people and government for their continuous support and cooperation with Afghanistan over the past 19 years. The two side deliberated on further strengthening their bilateral relations.

While discussing the latest developments in the Afghan peace process, the French Foreign Minister expressed his government’s full support to the peace process and commended the Afghan Government’s efforts in this regard. Mr. Le Drian reiterated his government’s support for a ceasefire and the importance of preserving the democratic achievements of the Afghan people.

Furthermore, the two ministers discussed the exchange of prisoners and the immediate start of peace negotiations between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.

During the telephone call, both ministers also agreed to explore the possibilities of capacity building programs for Afghan diplomats by French institutions.

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