Acting Foreign Minister Cochairs the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism
KABUL – Mohammad Haneef Atmar Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs virtually participated in Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism held on the sideline of the UN General Assembly.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the Afghanistan Minister of Foreign Affairs and H.E Ms. Arantxa Gonzalez Laya, Foreign Minister of Spain, attended by Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, under Secretary-General of the UN Office of Counterterrorism, Foreign Ministers and representatives of other countries who are members of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism.
In his remarks, the Foreign Minister highlighted the plight of victims across the world who have fallen prey to a common enemy of humanity — terrorism and extremism. “We have learned profoundly that we are all inescapably linked by common challenges and our shared destiny will only be shaped by cooperation and common action to overcome these challenges,” he said.
Referring to the impacts of terrorism on Afghanistan, Mr. Atmar added that for more than two decades now, Afghanistan has been at the forefront of the world’s fight against international terrorism. “We have made enormous sacrifices and as victims of terrorism ourselves, we understand the pain and suffering of the people whose lives have been destroyed by what remains the greatest threat to peace and security in the 21st century”.
Discussing the role of peace in alleviating the victims’ suffering, Minister Atmar added that “while it is a duty we owe, as members of this Group of Friends, to the victims of terror everywhere in the world that we remain steadfast in this shared struggle, we must also strive for peace.”
Highlighting the need for a global humanitarian ceasefire, Mr. Atmar said: “In light of the humanitarian emergency ushered in by the COVID crisis, our demand for ceasefire also echoes the call for a Global Humanitarian Ceasefire made by the Honorable Secretary General Guterres and the resolutions of the UNSC. We hope our friends in the international community, notably our regional partners that have a role in the Afghan peace process, will support this call by urging the Taliban to agree to an immediate ceasefire.”
Other speakers of the meeting also described terrorism as a global threat to humanity and called for a collective action against it. They also declared their full support from the start of the Afghan peace process in Doha, Qatar. Participants emphasized on the preservation of the democratic achievements of the Afghan people and Government in the past 19 years.