Acting Foreign Minister Meets with Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan
KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, yesterday afternoon.
At the outset, the Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude for the effective and comprehensive assistance and cooperation of the UNDP, especially in the last two decades with Afghanistan. Mr. Atmar highlighted the value of UNDP’s work in Afghanistan and discussed importance of synchronicity of its projects with the Afghan National Priority Programs and ANPDF. He also underscored the role that the UNDP would further more effectively play in human resources development and the supporting the research and capacity building program of the Afghan diplomats.
While talking about UNDP’s plans, Mr. Al Dardari said that Afghanistan is in priority list of UNDP’s assistance, and the organization continues its cooperation in various fields, including mid and higher-level education, health sector, capacity building, enhancing the role of women in peace and security, women's access to justice and good governance. He also discussed the details of resources allocation under LOTFA program and how best UNDP can engage in Geneva Pledging Conference.
In closing, Mr. Atmar briefly referred to the latest developments in the peace talks, and hoped that the stalemate would break soon with the engagement of religious scholars of the Islamic countries. Mr. Al Dardari while emphasizing on the importance of preserving Afghanistan's gains over the past 19 years in the peace negotiations, assured Mr. Atmar of the continued co-operation of the UNDP in Afghanistan.