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Deputy Foreign Minister Hosts Meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation and Regional Countries’ Ambassadors

KABUL – Acting and Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Idrees Zaman hosted a meeting with the participation of United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad and ambassadors of the People’s Republic of China, Republic of India and the Russian Federation as well as ambassadors and representatives of other countries of the region.

Extending a welcome to the participants, Mr. Zaman appreciated Dr. Khalilzad’s efforts with regards to peace and negotiations with the Taliban and called for increased involvement of the regional countries in the peace talks. Deputy Minister Zaman noted Afghanistan’s efforts in encouraging the regional countries’ further involvement in the peace process and mentioned of meetings such as the “Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process” and his recent trip to Islamabad which was held in the framework of ‘Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity’, as examples of such efforts.

Dr. Khalilzad also briefed the Deputy Foreign Minister and other participants on the sixth round of talks with the Taliban, noting that progress was made during his sixth round of talks with the Taliban and added, “The support of the regional countries to the process can expedite the process” and called for further coordination and cooperation of the countries of the region in the peace process.

MoFA holds a Consultative Meeting on Peace and Women’s Role

KABUL – A consultative meeting was held under the title of “The Peace Process and Women’s Role in it” under the chairmanship of the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Idrees Zaman and the participation of the Federal Government of Germany’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Markus Potzel, as well as representatives of women and civil society activists of Afghanistan.

Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman provided a briefing on the recent developments of the peace process and women’s role in the process, adding “The achievements of the last 18 years shall be firmly guarded and that the protection of women’s rights in the country will be a red line during the peace talks”.  

In his remarks, Ambassador Potzel expressed his support of the peace process in the country and noted Germany’s amplified role in the process adding, “The German Government also looks forward for a vivid role of women in the peace process and wants the rights of women to be protected in the process.”

Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidary (APAPPS) Meeting Held

ISLAMADAD – The heads of the five committees of both sides reviewed the steps taken with respect to APAPPS since last time such meeting was held in July 2018.

Subsequently, the challenges facing the implementation of projects and programs were discussed, and the two sides pledged to address them.

The two sides discussed a list of the matters to be implemented in the future.

The mentioned meeting was held at the level of deputy foreign ministers.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Pakistani Foreign Minister

ISLAMABAD - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The two sides discussed expansion of diplomatic, economic and security relations as well as strengthening trade between the two countries and the issues of the Afghan refugees.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Pakistani Counterpart

ISLAMABAD - Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Idrees Zaman met with Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Sohail Mehmood.

The two sides discussed expansion and enhancement of relations between the countries, the peace process, growth of trade, transportation, improvement of the lives of Afghan refugees and the process of their dignified return to their homeland.

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