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KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Special Representative of the Republic of Finland for Afghanistan Ambassador Anne Meskanen and the country’s Ministry of Interior Official Mr. Eero Koskenniemi, in his office this afternoon.
The discussions in the meeting focused on the two countries’ bilateral arrangements, the 3rd meeting of Kabul process and issues of mutual interest.
The visiting delegation raised and discussed with Acting Minister Zaman bilateral consultations which take place biennially, as well as the issue of Afghan migrants.
The two sides discussed issues of common interest including the ongoing peace process.
The Acting Foreign Minister briefed the Finnish delegation on the peace roadmap which also provides for the post reconciliation arrangements.
The Finnish delegation reiterated Finland’s support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan informing the Acting Foreign Minister of their participation in the International Contact Group meeting due to take place soon in London.
KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs and Acting Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Charge d’affaires of the US Embassy in Kabul Ms. Karen Decker, in his office this morning.
The meeting focused on a wide range of issues including the upcoming 3rd meeting of Kabul Process, the US engagement in the peace negotiation as well as the role of the regional countries in the ongoing peace process.
The Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister briefed the US official on the Kabul Process meeting, the message of this important event, its agenda and the level of participation, as well as the consultations due to be held prior to the actual event.
Ms. Decker welcoming the surrounding ideas called the meeting ‘very interesting and timely’. She briefed Acting Minister Zaman on Ambassador Zalmai Khalilzad’s visit to Kabul before attending the meeting in Islamabad.
The two sides also exchanged views on the role of the regional countries in Afghanistan’s peace efforts as well as the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process meeting due to be held this year. They also focused on the role the US government could play in Kabul Process.
Ms. Decker reiterated the US mission’s support of the timely Kabul Process meeting. She assured Deputy Minister Zaman of the US government’s efforts in securing peace in Afghanistan.
“The US government has engaged the smartest people in Afghanistan’s peace negotiation”, the US Embassy Charge d’affaires added.
KABUL—Deputy And Acting Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office with the Ambassador of the Republic of India to Kabul Mr. Vinay Kumar.
The discussions in the meeting covered a range of bilateral and multilateral issues as well as those of common regional interest.
Ambassador Kumar briefed Deputy Minister Zaman on the elections due to be held in India in the coming months. He also recalled with optimism the Afghan National Security Adviser’s recent visit to India.
The two sides discussed the progress in the peace process and exchanged views on the activities of the international partners in the context.
The Deputy Foreign Minister also briefed Ambassador Kumar on the upcoming 3rd meeting of the Kabul Process, including on the overarching theme, participation, panel discussions as well as consultations the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will conduct with various society segments prior to the event on February 28 this year.
Acting Foreign Minister Zaman and Ambassador Kumar also discussed the Heart of Asia meeting to be hosted by Turkey this year.
SAMARKAND – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Mrs. Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the first India-Central Asia and Afghanistan Dialogue.
Mrs. Swaraj reaffirmed her country’s commitment towards Afghanistan. Both sides exchanged views on the dynamics of the peace talks, the Afghan-leadership and ownership element of the peace process and regional cooperation.
KABUL – Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr. Christoph Paleikis called on Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman this morning.
The two sides discussed a range of issues of mutual interest including the upcoming important events.
Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Zaman and Deputy Head of German mission to Kabul, Mr. Paleikis discussed the upcoming Kabul Process meeting and related issues including the vision of the event and the participation.
The two sides also exchanged views on the International Contact Group (ICG) meeting due to be held in London and co-chaired by Germany.
Mr. Paleikis, wishing success in holding the important Kabul Process meeting, handed in a note seeking Afghanistan’s support for Germany’s candidature for the position of Executive Director for Environment at UN.