Acting Foreign Minister discusses Afghan Peace with UK Permanent Under-Secretary at FCDO
KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, held a video call with Sir Philip Barton, the new Permanent Under-Secretary of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of United Kingdom. The British Ambassador to Kabul Ms. Alison Blake was also present at the meeting.
At the outset, the Acting Foreign Minister congratulated Mr. Philip on his appointment as the new Under-Secretary of FCDO and also appreciated United Kingdom’s comprehensive support for peace, security and development over the past 19 years with Afghanistan.
The two sides discussed the progress and challenges facing Afghanistan Peace Negotiations, the need for violence reduction and establishment of a comprehensive ceasefire, preservation of the achievements of the past 19 years, and strengthening bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Britain.
The British Under-Secretary congratulated Mr. Atmar on the start of the Afghan peace talks and hoped that the talks would lead to a lasting peace in Afghanistan. Mr. Philip commended the achievements of Afghan government and people over the past 19 years and emphasized on preservation of the hard-won gains.
Mr. Atmar breifed Mr. Philip on the current national and international consensus in support of the peace process and highlighted the significance of its outcome to regional and global security. Foreign Minister called the high level of violence unacceptable and sought UK’s support in establishing a Deconflicting Mechanism to reduce and monitor the level of violence.
The Acting Foreign Minister also referred to the role of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in supporting and providing expert Islamic advice to the negotiating teams on pressing issues. Mr. Philip assured Mr. Atmar of his country's continued commitment and support for the Afghan peace process.