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Thursday 25 February 2021
 Kabul Local Time
7 Hoot 1399, 09:27 AM

Foreign Minister strongly welcomes the Joint Statement of Afghanistan's International Partners on targeted attacks on media representatives, civil society, and civilians

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KABUL – The Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Hanif Atmar welcomed the joint statement by Afghanistan's international partners strongly condemning the "the recent targeted and unlawful attacks on representatives of the media, religious leaders and groups, human rights defenders, students, civil society and civilians at large."

Minister Atmar said: "I strongly welcome the statement of our partners condemning the ongoing violence and calling for an end to impunity for perpetrators of targeted killings against civilians, media and civil society members." The Foreign Minister added that "your principled position is aligned with values and principles the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan stands for."

Recently, the EU Delegation, diplomatic missions f the EU Members States, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Norway, the NATO Mision to Afghanistan, and the United Kingdom and the U.S. Mission based in Kabul, in a joint statement, strongly condemned the recent targeted terrorist attacks on civil society activists, religious leaders, and the civilian population, "recalling that the Taliban and various terrorist organizations are responsible for the significant majority of civilian casualties in Afghanistan."

The diplomatic representations of the said countries and organizations, in their statement issued on December 6, described recent killings as "savage" and an attack on the peace process in Afghanistan. They thanked and honored those who "work tirelessly" to uphold democratic values and advance freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Afghanistan's international partners stressed that terrorist attacks "will fail to silence the diversity of opinions" in the country. The statement also supported the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in its efforts to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of targeted killings against civilians.

While expressing its firm support and appreciation for the joint statement of Afghanistan’s international partners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again reiterates the legitimate position of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for ending the violence and establishing a comprehensive ceasefire, which is the shared desire of the Afghan people and the international community.

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