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Foreign Ministry Commemorates Afghanistan Constitution’s Fifteenth Anniversary

KABUL – In a gathering at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, the fifteenth anniversary of adoption of Afghanistan’s Constitution was commemorated under the slogan “Awareness of the Law is a National Obligation”. The event was attended by the Deputy Foreign Ministers, President of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution and Members of the National Assembly.

Acting and Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman congratulated the attendees on the occasion, and on behalf of the Ministry leadership, provided assurance during his remarks, that the Constitution would be put into action in this Ministry in a practical manner as before.   

Acting Foreign Minister Meets Turkish Ambassador to Kabul

KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister and Deputy Minister for Political Affairs, Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Afghanistan, Mr. Oğuzhan Ertuğrul.

Deputy Foreign Minister discussed the cordial relations between the two countries, the third Kabul Process Meeting (to be held on February 28, 2019 in Kabul), as well as the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process.

Mr. Ertuğrul also discussed, in turn, the aforementioned matters and briefed on his country’s interest in holding the Trilateral Meeting at the level of heads of states between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Turkey and Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

 

Members of Delegation for Defending Afghanistan’s Report to Human Rights Council Convene Meeting

KABUL – The orientation session on how to defend Afghanistan’s report to the UNHRC, headed by the Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman and with the cooperation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), was held today for the members of delegation for defending Afghanistan’s report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The third Universal Periodic Review to the United Nations Human Rights Council was presented by the Afghan Government on October 20, 2018.

A high level delegation from the Afghan Government headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani is due to visit Geneva on January 21, 2019 to defend Afghanistan's report.

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets UN Special Representative, Discusses Kabul Process

 

KABUL—Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met with Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (UNSRSG) Ambassador Tadamichi Yammoto this morning.

Ambassador Yamamoto called on Deputy Minister Zaman to discuss the upcoming 3rd meeting of the Kabul Process.

The two sides discussed and exchanged views on the agenda, participation and other relevant details of the meeting, tentatively planned for February 28th, this year.

Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman briefed the UNSRSG on the agenda of the meeting; highlighting the messages and objectives of the important event, in light of the 2nd Kabul Process meeting and progress made thereon.

Welcoming the idea of the 3rd Kabul Process meeting, Ambassador Yamamoto called the convening of the event as ‘timely’.

The Deputy Foreign Minister and the UN Special Representative exchanged views on the details of this important meeting.

The 2nd Kabul Process meeting, held last year, focused on peace where the Afghan President offered unconditional peace negotiation to the Taliban.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets and Discusses Bilateral Ties with His Iranian Counterpart

KABUL—Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, this noon.

The visiting high level Iranian delegate called on Deputy Minister Zaman to discuss important bilateral issues.

The two sides discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest; including the status of progress in the activities of the five joint committees, as well as the peace process.

At the outset, the two sides talked about the importance of strengthened bilateral ties, emphasizing the need for enhanced political consultations.

The relevant accompanying delegates of the two sides briefed the meeting on the status of progress in their respective activities within the various committee frameworks.

Deputy Minister Araghchi assured his counterpart that the Iranian side has almost finalized their work related to the issue of water, which is dealt with within a separate joint committee.

The two Deputy Foreign Ministers noted that the issue of water is not a matter of conflict but an area of cooperation.

They also agreed to convene the joint committee meeting on economic and transit cooperation in the near future.

The discussions also included the peace process, the status of progress in the context, as well as the peace roadmap presented by H.E. President Ghani at the Geneva Conference.

Both sides emphasized the importance of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Afghanistan – Iran bilateral ties are dealt with by separate joint working committees; namely Security & Defense, Economic & Transit, Culture, Water, and Refugees.

Deputy Foreign Minister Conducts Video Conference With Afghan Ambassador To Ashgabat

KABUL — Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman discussed important affairs with the Afghan Ambassador to Ashgabat over a video call, this afternoon.

As part of the video conference series with Afghan missions abroad, Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman spoke to Ambassador Mirwais Naab in Ashgabat.

Ambassador Naab briefed Deputy Minister Zaman on a range of issues including the mission’s activities in line with the bilateral arrangements between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

The Deputy Minister gave the due instructions on specific areas of activities.

Ambassador Naab assured Deputy Minister Zaman of the mission’s efforts to realize the potential cooperation level the two countries can offer.

 

Foreign Ministry Inaugurates its first ever Guesthouse

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Kabul, Mr. Liu Jinsong officially inaugurated the newly constructed building of the Foreign Ministry Guesthouse.

Foreign Minister Rabbani had laid the foundation of the Guesthouse building earlier this year on April 21, on a piece of land with an area of 1776 m2 out of which 600 m2 was allocated for the two story building with a well-equipped basement floor. This Guesthouse is constructed with Chinese assistance and has cost a sum of 1,347,000 US Dollars. Constructed in a span of eight months, the building is aimed to accommodate foreign dignitaries and makes it the first guesthouse dedicated for the Ministry of Foreign Ministry.

Foreign Minister Meets Special Representative of UN Secretary General

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Afghanistan, Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto.

The two sides discussed the upcoming Presidential Elections, peace process, regional cooperation, and security matters.

Dutch Ambassador Calls On Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Ernst Albert Noorman, this morning.

The newly- accredited Dutch Ambassador to Kabul paid a courtesy call to discuss bilateral ties and issues of mutual interest.

Deputy Minister Zaman welcoming Ambassador Noorman to Kabul wished him a productive tenure.

He thanked the people and government of the Netherlands for their generous assistance to Afghanistan over the years.

The two sides discussed and exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including the progress in the ongoing peace process and related meetings of multiple trilateral frameworks in the coming year, as well as aspects of bilateral ties.

Deputy Minister Zaman briefed the Dutch Ambassador on the guidelines for the peace process, including the five-year roadmap providing for the various stages of the process.

The exchanges also focused on the role of the international partners and regional countries in the peace process.

Foreign Minister Rabbani Meets Pakistani Counterpart

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Mr. Qureshi mentioned that a stable and secure Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan and stressed Pakistan's efforts in realizing peace. The Pakistani Foreign Minister emphasized the policy of non-interference of Pakistan’s Government in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and deemed the success of peace in Afghanistan, a responsibility of the whole region.
“Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan is improving” said Foreign Minister Rabbani, and added that a sign of this improvement was the two times visit of the Pakistani Foreign Minister in the last ten days. Mr. Rabbani also emphasized the direct talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban.

 

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