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Deputy Foreign Minister Meets NATO Deputy Senior Civilian Rep

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met NATO Deputy Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ms. Holly Holzer.

Briefly discussing the recent developments, Deputy Minister Zaman and Ms. Holzer talked about aspects of NATO’s engagement in the country.  Ms. Holzer assured the Deputy Minister of NATO’s continued commitment to Afghanistan.

Ms. Holzer assured the Deputy Foreign Minister of her mission’s close cooperation with the ANSF in taking necessary security measures for the elections’ day.

On a separate note, the Deputy Foreign Minister raised issues related to the NATO’s short term training programs and emphasized the need for a transparent candidate selection.       

The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues and discussed the latest political developments, the Presidential Elections, and the UN General Assembly.

MoFA Marks 70th Anniversary of Geneva Conventions

KABUL – The 70th year of the adoption of the Geneva Conventions (1949) was celebrated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with participation of the Second Vice President H.E. Sarwar Danish, Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman, cabinet members and foreign diplomats.

The Deputy Foreign Minister welcomed the participants to the event and stated, "As an active member of the international community, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to observing the aforementioned Conventions, more than any time before." He expressed his gratitude to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for its humanitarian efforts in the last decades. Mr. Zaman stressed the significant role of the international humanitarian organizations in helping the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in this area.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets German Ambassador to Kabul

 

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kabul Mr. Peter Prügel.

The two sides discussed the upcoming Presidential Elections, widening of bilateral relations and the current political dynamics in the country.

Hafta-e-Shaheed, Eighteenth Anniversary of the Martyrdom of National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud and Eighth Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Shaheed of Peace - Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani Commemorated

KABUL - The Martyrs’ Week (Hafta-e-Shaheed) coinciding with eighteenth anniversary of the martyrdom of National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud and eighth anniversary of the martyrdom of the Shaheed of Peace - Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani Commemorated during a glorious ceremony, with the participation of Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, President of Massoud Foundation Ahmad Wali Massoud, cabinet members, top government officials and a number of foreign ambassadors and diplomats in Kabul.

The ceremony started with the recitation of Quranic verses and national anthem. The Foreign Minister, In his opening remarks, prayed for the soul of the martyrs of freedom, especially the national hero and martyr of peace, stated that the current freedom and achievements of the country are the result of the sacrifices of the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of defending freedom and peace in this land. He emphasized the realization of lasting peace by preserving the achievements, stating that peace with dignity was the long-standing desire of the country's martyrs.

The Chief Executive also prayed for the soul of martyrs, adding: "The national hero, the Shaheed of peace Professor Burhanuddin and hundreds of others who have sacrificed their lives for achieving peace."

Japan’s Ambassador Calls on Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of Japan to Kabul Mr. Mitsuji Suzuka.

The meeting focused on a wide range of issues of mutual interest

The two sides discussed latest developments in political sphere; including the peace efforts, the regional dynamics, as well as the upcoming presidential elections.

Ambassador Suzuka expressed heartfelt condolences for the loss of lives in the recent terrorist attacks, terming them as ‘heinous acts’.

The Deputy Foreign Minister reiterated the Afghan government’s commitment to peace and sustainable solution to the burning issues.

Deputy Minister Zaman and Ambassador Suzuk also discussed the upcoming UNGA and its side events as well as some bilateral arrangements.

Concluding the meeting, the two sides reiterated commitment to further strengthening bilateral ties between the two friendly countries.

Ambassador Suzuka reiterated his government’s support of the Afghan people and a democratically elected government.

The Deputy Foreign Minister recalled with appreciation Japan’s contribution to Afghanistan’s reconstruction.

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