Acting Foreign Minister met with the French Ambassador to Kabul
KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the French Ambassador to Kabul, Mr. David Martinon, today.
At the outset, the Foreign Minister thanked the people and the Government of France for their continued cooperation over the past two decades.
The two sides discussed the latest developments in the peace process, including the need for immediate start of negotiations between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) and the Taliban, reduction of violence, the need for a humanitarian ceasefire, and the importance of preserving the achievements of the last 19 years.
The French Ambassador expressed optimism about the progress made between the GoIRA and the Taliban in preparing for the peace talks. He reiterated his government's full support for the peace process and maintaining the achievements of the past 19 years, including the Islamic Republic and the democratic rights and freedoms of the Afghan citizens.
The two sides also discussed potential opportunities for capacity building programs for Afghan diplomats at French institutions.
Both sides stressed the need to expand and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Martinon assured Minister Atmar of his country's continued cooperation with Afghanistan.