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Deputy Foreign Minister Meets USAID Women in Government Program Chief of Party

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Chief of Party to the USAID Promote program, Women in Government Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert, this morning.

Dr. Jalbert briefed Deputy Minister Zaman on the areas of activities the Women in Government program is engaged in.

The Deputy Foreign Minister, appreciating the implementation of such programs as timely, briefed Dr. Jalbert on his findings from his interactions with a group of female staff and the meetings focusing on the ministry’s human resource.  He underscored the importance of women’s secured rights within the organizational structure.

Informing Dr. Jalbert of the number of female ambassadors, he maintained that he is not in favour of “cosmetic presence of women,” and that women should enjoy equal rights and merit based promotions.

The two sides discussed trainings and internships Promote has proposed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gives Letter of Gratitude to Chinese Foreign Minister

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani at the sideline of the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue gave a Letter of Gratitude to the Chinese Foreign Minister, appreciating the assistance of the Government of the People’s Republic of China with Afghanistan, not least the construction of Guest House of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul.  

Foreign Minister Rabbani Meets and Discusses Bilateral Issues with His Pakistani Counterpart

KABUL – Minister of foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Quraishi, this afternoon.

On the sidelines of the Afghanistan-China- Pakistan Foreign Trilateral Ministers’ Dialogue, Foreign Minister Quraishi called on his Afghan counterpart to discuss bilateral issues.

The two Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of bilateral arrangements, including issues related to the three areas focused on at the trilateral meeting; namely Political Mutual Trust & Reconciliation, Development Cooperation & Connectivity, and Security Cooperation & Counter-terrorism.

As a part of the bilateral discussions, the Afghan Foreign Minister also raised with his counterpart the visa regime for the Afghan nationals.

The Pakistani delegation assured Foreign minister Rabbani of the new facilities to be constructed to this end and increased scale of visa issuance in the near future.

The two sides also discussed and exchanged views on mutual cultural diplomacy, including in the field of cricket, music and poetry.   

 

Joint Statement of the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue

KABUL - Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People's Republic of China, and Foreign Minister Makhdom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan held the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue in Kabul, Afghanistan on 15th December 2018. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

China and Pakistan congratulated Afghanistan on the completion of the parliamentary elections, and welcomed the efforts of the Afghan government for holding the presidential elections in 2019.

The three sides, once again, reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their relations, deepening cooperation and advancing connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) and other regional economic initiatives. The three sides agreed to promote China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation under the framework of jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative. The three sides reiterated their strong resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and without any distinction. The three Foreign Ministers agreed to jointly continue their efforts for building political mutual trust and support reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism as the three areas of the trilateral cooperation.

The three sides reiterated their support to the Afghan-owned, and Afghan led inclusive peace process that is fully supported regionally and internationally, as the most viable way to bring peace in Afghanistan. In this regard, China and Pakistan appreciated the efforts of H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani especially for the comprehensive peace plans that came out of the second Kabul Process and the Geneva Conferences on Afghanistan, and therefore called on the Afghan Taliban to join the peace process at an early date. While efforts are underway to start the peace process, the three sides call upon the parties concerned to end violence and the loss of innocent lives in Afghanistan.

The three sides agreed to continue economic development cooperation in areas of mutual interest. The three sides will continue to implement and expand the “soft” projects such as exchange and capacity building programs, and explore “hard” projects of livelihood facilities and connectivity. China expressed its readiness to support Afghanistan and Pakistan in building immigration reception center and drinking water supply schemes at each side of the Ghulam Khan Khel crossing point, and to explore cold storages at Chaman and Spin Boldak. China supports enhanced coordination between Afghanistan and Pakistan on major energy and connectivity projects including the construction of Quetta-Kandahar railway and Kabul-Peshawar Motorway and Railway. The three sides reiterated their firm commitment to implement the activities and projects agreed to under practical cooperation.

The three sides expressed their strong determination not to allow any country, organization or individual to use their respective territories for terrorist activities against any other countries. The three sides took stock of trilateral cooperation in their fight against terrorism and underlined the need to further strengthen counter-terrorism coordination and cooperation in an effort to combat all terrorist groups and individuals without any discrimination. They also agreed to counter terrorist’ logistical capabilities including financing, recruitment, training, and strengthen trilateral cooperation for counter-terrorism capacity building, deny terrorist use of the internet and to take joint steps for deradicalization, as well as work together to break the nexus between narco-trade and terror financing. To advance their cooperation in the fields of Counter-Terrorism, the three sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Counter-Terrorism.

The three sides agree to implement the consensus of the 2nd Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue through the trilateral Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, Vice-Ministerial Consultation on Counter-Terrorism and Security, and Director Generals’ Practical Cooperation as well as other agreed mechanisms.

China and Pakistan thanked Afghanistan for the successful organization of the 2nd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue and its warm hospitality, and the three sides agreed that the 3rd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue would be held in Islamabad in 2019.

 

EU Ambassador to Kabul Calls on Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office the Ambassador and Head of European Union Delegation Mr. Pierre Mayaudon, this afternoon.

Ambassador Mayaudon paid this courtesy call to discuss new engagements in Afghanistan.

The two sides discussed a range of issues, including areas the EU mission could engage in.

Ambassador Mayaudon briefed the Deputy Foreign Minister on the new areas the EU is determined to engage in.  

Deputy Foreign Minister appreciating the engagements of the EU in Afghanistan welcomed the new areas of cooperation which includes peace, returning refugees, and reintegration of ex-combatants.

The EU Ambassador reiterated the mission’s support of an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.

Both sides emphasized the need for closer cooperation between the ministry and the EU delegation.

 

British Ambassador Bids Farewell To Afghan Foreign Minister

KABUL – Ambassador of United Kingdom to Kabul, Sir Nicholas Kay, paid a farewell call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, this morning.

Ambassador Kay thanked Foreign Minister Rabbani for the cooperation of the ministry with the UK’s mission in Kabul, informing him that he will return to Afghanistan as the NATO civilian representative.

The Afghan Foreign Minister appreciated the British Ambassador’s efforts in strengthening the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and UK, expressing hope to see him soon in Kabul as the NATO Civilian Representative.

The two sides also briefly discussed areas of cooperation and issues of mutual interest.

Chinese Ambassador Calls on Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs met in his office the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Liu Jinsong, this afternoon.

The two sides discussed a range of issues, including some bilateral arrangements and the upcoming Afghanistan- Pakistan- China trilateral dialogue.

Deputy Minister Zaman appreciating China’s engagement with Afghanistan in some important areas, discussed with Ambassador Jinsong issues of mutual interest and exchanged views on further strengthening bilateral ties.

The two sides also talked about their respective foreign ministries’ preparations for the upcoming trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue.

Iranian Ambassador Called Upon Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Kabul, Mr. Mohammad Reza Bahrami paid a courtesy call on Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Idrees Zaman.

Welcoming the Iranian Ambassador, Deputy Minister Zaman highlighted the nature of the two countries’ relations with respect to the history of cultural, economic and other ties between the two countries; emphasized enhanced utilization of opportunities to further expand these relations.

Stressing Iran’s commitment in furtherance of relations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ambassador Bahrami stated that the developments of the last four years in the bilateral relations have been unprecedented and added that the two countries’ links were being institutionalized and stabilized. He hinted that the two countries’ commitment towards agreeing on a strategic partnership treaty, which is under work, is one of the best indicators of enhancement in this period.

Ambassador Bahrami expressed confidence that during the tenure of Mr. Zaman as the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, ties between the two countries will further expand. The Iranian Ambassador also talked about the visit of the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Mr. Abbas Araghchi, to Kabul in the near future.

At the conclusion, Mr. Zaman stated that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was committed to further expansion of ties between the two countries and that he will put efforts to significantly further relations in all areas including links between the two nations. 

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Praises and Rewards Miss Maryam

KABUL – A sixth grade student of a Kabul school, Ms. Maryam, who presented her article titled, “Children’s Demands from the Government” during the Symposium held last week at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was praised and presented with a reward.

The Deputy Foreign Minister motivated Ms. Maryam to further work hard for the better future of herself and her other fellow children of the country and encouraged her to participate in relevant events such the Model United Nations.

This is worth noting that the said Symposium, held last week with the title of, “Specialized Dialogue on the Rights of the Child and Optional Protocols of the CRC” was also attended, in addition to government authorities, by around fifty students from different schools of Kabul city and they got the opportunity to directly address their demands and expectations to the relevant authorities.

Foreign Minister Rabbani Receives Courtesy Calls by New Ambassador of UAE, France, Egypt and Netherlands

KABUL— Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met Ambassadors Designate of United Arab Emirates, France, Arab Republic of Egypt and the Netherlands.

The said Ambassadors designate paid courtesy calls on Foreign Minister Rabbani prior to presenting their credentials to H.E. President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Foreign Minister, meeting the ambassadors separately, briefly discussed with them bilateral ties between Afghanistan their respective countries.

The new Ambassadors expressed readiness to bolster ties including cooperation in some important areas.

The Ambassadors Designate were Mr. Eisa Salem Mohammed Al Daheri from UAE, Mr. David Martinon from France, Mr. Hany Saleh Mostafa Ahmad from the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Mr. Ernst Albert Noorman from the Netherlands.

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