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Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Russian Ambassador

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Kabul, Mr. Alexander Mantetsky.

The two sides discussed and exchanged views on the growing relations between the two countries, joint counter-narcotics efforts, Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace which is due to be held soon in Kabul, the Peace Process and Intra-Afghan Dialogue, Deputy Foreign Minister’s visit to Romania and political consultations between the two countries, dynamics of Afghanistan’s acquiring membership in the SCO, International Security Conference currently ongoing in Moscow, and political situation of the country and the region.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Swedish Ambassador to Kabul

KABUL – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Kabul, Mr. Tobais Thyberg.

The two sides discussed upcoming 3rd Kabul Process meeting, Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace which is due to be held soon in Kabul, the Peace Process led and owned by the government of Afghanistan, Deputy Foreign Minister’s visit to Romania and political consultations between the two countries, Afghanistan’s permanent membership in the SCO and political situation of the country.

Foreign Minister Meets Red Cross Head of Delegation for Afghanistan

KABUL – Foreign Minister H.E Salahuddin Rabbani met Head of the ICRC Delegation in Afghanistan Mr. Schaerer Juan-Pedro.

Mr. Schaerer talked about Red Cross’ challenges and activities in Afghanistan and explained the organization’s commitments for Afghanistan.

Having appreciated the activities of Red Cross in Afghanistan H.E the Minister called Red Cross activities special and declared Afghanistan’s support for this organization.

Capacity Building Program for Young Diplomats Inaugurated

KABUL – the Second Round of Capacity Building Program in Transboundary Waters was inaugurated with the presence of Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman, government officials, and ambassador of the European Union.

Calling water diplomacy at this juncture for Afghanistan very important, Mr. Idrees Zaman added, “Development and cooperation with neighboring countries is at the first circle of the country’s foreign policy. Establishing and strengthening regional convergence, interdependence, and making Afghanistan as the connecting bridge of the region is one of the priorities of the government. Considering the geographical location of Afghanistan and transboundary rivers of the region, water can play a significant role.

This program is funded by the EU and is consisting of legal and strategic advices in the area of Transboundary Waters, specialized seminars by international experts, and exchange of international experience in international water law and water diplomacy.

Deputy Foreign Minister Attends 3rd SCO Contact Group Meeting

BISHKEK – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman attended the third SCO Contact Group meeting for Afghanistan co-chaired by Afghanistan and the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek.

Deputy Minister Zaman talked on the dynamics of Afghanistan’s membership in SCO, proposal for the negotiations kick-off with the member states, proposal on further strengthening of mutual cooperation in the field of counter terrorism between SCO and Afghanistan, coordination in developing roadmap regarding the future actions of SCO/Afghanistan Contact Group, regional connectivity, significance of the regional cooperation under the HoA-Istanbul Process framework, Afghanistan’s contribution in regional connectivity between the central and south Asia and southwest Asia, and the Afghan Led and Afghan Owned Peace Process.

Besides discussing the aforementioned issues, the participants assessed the role of Afghanistan as the neighbor country to the SCO member states as significant and expressed readiness to help Afghanistan achieve a sustainable peace.

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