MoFA Welcomes Joint Statement of 35-Member Group of Friends of Afghanistan and Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan
KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes the joint statement of 35 of the cross-regional members of the Group of Friends of Afghanistan and the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan, which condemned in strongest possible terms the continued violence and targeted killings by the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorist outfits in Afghanistan. MoFA considers provisions of this statement as a positive step towards strengthening consensus on realization of the legitimate aspirations of the people and the Government of Afghanistan for establishing a lasting peace in the country.
As reflected in declaration, “the heinous terrorist attacks impedes the prospect of peace, undermines civil atmosphere and freedom of expression, and obstructs delivery of fundamental services to the population in need”.
The Group of Friends of Afghanistan and the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan have called for immediate end to the targeted killings and stressed the need to implement the provisions of international humanitarian law to protect the lives of civilians, health staff, and aid workers.
We also welcome the Statement’s emphasis on implementation of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions 2532 and 2565 and consider implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2513 extremely important to hold the Taliban accountable for their commitments, including putting an end to violence and targeted killings.
The Statement also strongly emphasizes legitimate aspirations of the people and Government of Afghanistan to end the war and bloodshed in the country.
In line with the mentioned statement, we stress the need for a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire, equal and meaningful participation of women in the peace process, and an end to the conflict through a comprehensive political solution. We also declare full readiness of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to engage in serious and meaningful negotiations for a political solution that will bring about lasting and just peace in the country.