Acting Foreign Minister Meets with the Diplomatic Representatives of Major International Partners
KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Ambassadors of Japan, Britain, Australia, Canada, Korea, the US Charge d'Affaires, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative, and NATO Civilian Representative in Kabul, Thursday afternoon.
The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his gratitude for the comprehensive assistance and cooperation of the participating countries to Afghanistan over the past 19 years. He discussed the latest developments in the peace process and the challenges facing the progress in peace talks.
The Acting Foreign Minister termed the current level of violence unprecedented and unacceptable and called for the formation of a Deconflicting Mechanism to track violence reduction. He said the Taliban had agreed to violence reduction and its monitoring mechanism to be implemented following prisoners' release, but they hadn't adhered to their commitments. Minister Atmar also briefed the ambassadors on the government's efforts to engage the Organization of Islamic Conference to support Afghan peace and address issues related to Islamic principles.
Mr. Atmar termed the upcoming Geneva Conference an excellent opportunity for promoting the Afghan peace process and the renewal of mutual accountability and commitments between the international community and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General expressed concern on the current level of violence and called for practical measures to end violence. The participants stressed the importance of preserving the last 19 years' achievements, including human rights and women's rights.