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Foreign Minister Meets with Kabul-Based Heads of EU Missions and EU Delegation to Afghanistan

KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Kabul-based EU Heads of Missions and Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan, Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon.

During the meeting, Minister Atmar centralized the Afghan peace process, shed light over Geneva Ministerial Pledging Conference which is due to be held in November and recent political developments.

Minister Atmar commended the landmark statement released by the EU Council of Ministers which reaffirms the EU’s political commitment to support the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security, stability, democracy, prosperity and self-reliance. Referring to the statement, Minister Atmar also discussed the start of intra-Afghan negotiation and strengthening the Islamic Republic as key elements to achieve sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

Reiterating EU’s commitment and support to Afghanistan, Ambassador Mayaudon stated that EU stands by the people of Afghanistan and supports a peaceful, prosperous and healthy Afghanistan.

Subsequently, Minister Atmar appreciated the EU member states for their continued support and cooperation in different areas, particularly EU’s assistance in fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Condolences message on the occasion of loss of lives to the Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers its condolences to the brotherly nations and governments of Republic of India and People’s Republic of Bangladesh for the lives lost to the Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal, on 21 May.

It was heartbreaking news, learning from India and Bangladesh as the Cyclone Amphan has hit the coastal regions, leaving many dead and wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We are standing in solidarity with the Indian and Bangladeshi nations at this difficult time. We pray for the lost lives and wish quick recovery for those wounded.

Terrorist Attack against a Special Assistant to the Acting Foreign Minister

KABUL – Mutiullah Abdulrahimzai, a Special Assistant to Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar, was attacked by terrorists around 10:30 PM on May 14, 2020 near his residence in the 8th District of Kabul. Doctors assure that his health condition is under control.

Mr. Atmar strongly condemns this cowardly act, and wishes a speedy recovery for Mr. Abdulrahimzai.

Minister Atmar emphasized that such terrorist acts will not hinder his efforts in pursuit of national interest and peace in Afghanistan, and will further strengthen and renew his commitment to achieving this national objective.

The security and law enforcement services are working to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

We wish Mr. Abdulrahimzai a speedy and full recovery.

Acting Foreign Minister telephone call with India NSA

KABUL – In a phone conversation, Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Kumar exchanged views on the Afghanistan peace process, regional consensus around it, humanitarian ceasefire and medical support in times of #COVID-19.

‪FM Atmar, appreciated India’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan during the current pandemic, emphasizing on further strengthening bilateral cooperation, particularly in food security and economic areas. 

‪In response, NSA Kumar stressed on the importance of regional and international consensus around the Afghan peace process & reaffirmed his government’s support for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.

Telephone Call between Afghan and Chinese Foreign Ministers

KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, had a telephonic conversation with the Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi. Both the sides discussed issues of mutual interests including those pertaining to bilateral relations, security, economic and health cooperation.

At the outset, Minister Atmar thanked the government of China for its generous medical support in the fight against Covid-19 and discussed further cooperation in this regard. He went on to discuss the importance of economic cooperation, Road and Belt Initiative, joint counter terrorism efforts, the Afghan Peace Process and the role that China will have in creating regional consensus around it. He further elaborated upon his expectation regarding China’s support to humanitarian ceasefire, immediate beginning of the intra Afghan peace talks and the exchange of the prisoners between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Minister Yi congratulated Minister Atmar for assuming office as the Foreign Minister and assured him of his government’s support on the issues raised. He informed Minister Atmar of his government’s readiness to cooperate on economic issues, joint counter terrorism efforts and establishment of regional consensus regarding the Afghan Peace Process.

The meeting concluded on a note of hope for a sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

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