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NATO and US Forces Commander Calls on Afghan Foreign Minister

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met in his office the Commander of NATO Resolute Support Mission and US Forces, General Austin Scott Miller, this afternoon.

General Miller called on Foreign Minister Rabbani days after the meeting of the NATO Resolute Support Mission Contributing Nations held on December 5th in Brussels.

The two sides discussed and exchanged views on range of issues.

The NATO and US Forces Commander recalled with optimism the rejuvenated spirit of support at the Brussels meeting.

Foreign Minister Rabbani and General Miller discussed Afghanistan - US bilateral ties and exchanged views on the peace process, and the upcoming elections, as well as the NATO and US support for the Afghan security forces.  

Foreign Minister Rabbani Addresses NATO Resolute Support Meeting

BRUSSELS — Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani attended and addressed the NATO Resolute Support Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Brussels, this morning.

In his statement; Foreign Minister Rabbani, appreciating NATO’s contributions in laying foundation for a stable and secure Afghanistan, updated the participants on the security situation as well as political and other important developments since the last Summit early this year.

He recalled the new peace road map presented in the Geneva Conference last week, informing the meeting of the new negotiating team and a peace advisory board in place to ensure proper direction for the peace agenda.

The Afghan Foreign Minister re-assured the NATO partners present at the meeting of Afghanistan’s resolute commitment to fulfilling its part of the strategic partnership, underscoring the prevailing importance of security, good governance as well as the rule of law and human rights.

Afghan Foreign Minister Meets Finnish Counterpart Preceding RSM Meeting

BRUSSELS – Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met his Finnish counterpart H.E. Timo Soini at the NATO headquarter preceding the Resolute Support Mission meeting, this morning.

The two Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest and common concern.

The meeting took place just before Foreign Ministers of 41 countries and representatives of international organizations met at the NATO headquarter to discuss Afghanistan’s peace efforts.

The Afghan Foreign Minister briefed his Finnish counterpart on the latest developments in Afghanistan’s efforts for peace as well as the parliamentary and the upcoming Presidential elections.

The two sides also exchanged discussed and exchanged views on issues of regional nature, including the security concerns.

The Finnish Foreign Minister reiterated his country’s support of an Afghan-led peace process.

Analytical Symposium held on Specialized Dialogue on the Rights of the Child and Optional Protocols of CRC

KABUL – A Specialized Symposium titled “Dialogue on the Rights of the Child and Optional Protocols of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman was held at Darwazi Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. The event was attended by government officials, university professors, child rights activists, members of the civil society and students.

At the outset, Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman welcomed the participants and stated that this symposium, held today at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was a good opportunity for all scholars and experts who study and conduct research in the field of child’s rights and for those in the government and non-government institutions engaged directly or indirectly with children and their human rights issues in their daily activities.

He also added that the Foreign Ministry is the coordinating body of reporting to all international conventions Afghanistan has signed. Reporting to optional protocols of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is part of the government’s commitments towards its people as well as the United Nations. This report is in the final stage of finalization and is soon due to be submitted to the relevant authorities.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed reports on the implementation of four international human rights instruments this year that will be submitted to the UN.

Foreign Minister Rabbani Makes His Way To Brussels To Address RSMCN

BRUSSELS — Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani left for the Belgian capital, Brussels, to attend the NATO-hosted meeting on Afghanistan.

One of the two-day NATO Foreign Ministerial meeting is dedicated to discuss important peace and security issues in Afghanistan.

Resolute Support Mission Contributing Nations (RSM) are represented by their respective Foreign Ministers at this important meeting. The December 5th meeting is due to bring foreign ministers of 41 countries and high-level representatives of international organizations together to table and discuss common interests and concerns related to Afghanistan.

The Afghan Foreign Minister will update his counterparts and the organizations’ reps on the status of progress in the ongoing Peace Process and related challenges, seeking renewed assurance of commitment and support for Afghanistan’s peace roadmap.

At the NATO Summit, July this year, leaders of the member and partner states renewed commitments to assist Afghanistan up until 2014. This meeting is to focus on progress and challenges.

Australian Delegates Call on Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office Ambassador of Australia Ms. Nicola Gordon-Smith accompanied by the visiting Assistant Secretary for South and West Asia Mr. James Hall, this morning.

Deputy Minister Zaman and the Australian delegates discussed a wide range of issues including in bilateral ties and Australia’s engagements with Afghanistan, as well as regional cooperation and the upcoming important events.

Mr. Hall informed Deputy Minister Zaman that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in cooperation with the Afghan Embassy in Canberra will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He added that they will convene a conference on the two country’s historical ties, with the view to engage the people of Australia with Afghans.

Welcoming the Idea, the Deputy Foreign Minister thanked Australia for its engagements with Afghanistan over the past years.

The two sides discussed in details and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, the ongoing peace process, and the upcoming presidential elections.

Both sides emphasized the importance of sincere regional cooperation for a peaceful region.

Deputy Minister Zaman and Ambassador Gordon-Smith underscored the need for further coordinated work for enhanced cooperation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Team Leader of Foreign, Security and European Politics Team at Konrad-Adenauer Foundation

KABUL - Deputy Foreign Minister for Management and Resources, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha met with the Team Leader of Foreign, Security and European Politics Team at Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Mr. Nils Wörmer.

Appreciating the activities and cooperation of Konard Adenauer Foundation in the areas of higher education and media, Deputy Foreign Minister emphasized strengthening continued cooperation with relevant instantiations in Afghanistan, including the Kabul University, Institute of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Radio Television.

Reiterating the Foundation’s continued cooperation in Afghanistan, Mr. Wörmer introduced Mrs. Elinor Zineau as representative of this foundation in Afghanistan to Deputy Foreign Minister.

Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung is a German Foundation, working in the areas of governance, higher education and media in Afghanistan since last few years, and actively engaged with the Kabul University and Institute of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

Italian Ambassador To Kabul Calls on Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office with the Ambassador of Italy to Kabul Mr. Roberto Cantone, this morning.

The two sides discussed a range of issues related to bilateral ties and those of common interest and concern.

The Italian Ambassador congratulated the Deputy Foreign Minister on the assumption of the new post, noting that Afghanistan is ‘a priority commitment for Italy in the region’.

Deputy Minister Zaman appreciated Italy’s engagement in Afghanistan, recalling the friendly historical ties between the two countries.

The two sides discussed aspects of bilateral ties and exchanged views on issues of common interest as well as on the important events, including the upcoming presidential elections and the ongoing peace process.

The Italian Ambassador reiterated his country’s commitment to sustaining Afghanistan’s achievements in various areas including the participation of women in important affairs and processes.

Both sides emphasized the need for working closely towards achieving goals set under the bilateral arrangements.

China’s Ambassador to Kabul calls Upon Foreign Minister

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Liu Jinsong, this afternoon.

The Afghan Foreign Minister and the Chinese envoy discussed and exchanged views on a wide range of aspects of bilateral ties, as well as the upcoming Afghanistan-Pakistan-China trilateral meeting.

Ambassador Jinsong congratulated Foreign Minister Rabbani on the successful Geneva meeting, welcoming Afghanistan’s roadmap for peace.

The Afghan Foreign Minister appreciated China’s participation in the important meeting, noting with gratitude the articulate statements by the country’s Foreign Minister.

The two sides talked about the 2nd trilateral meeting due to bring together Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China in Kabul, next month. They exchanged views on the details of the one- day meeting and the document to be signed.

The discussions also included some important projects, involving a hydro-power dam and connectivity.

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Australian Delegation

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha met with the Assistant Secretary at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr. James Hall and Australian Ambassador to Kabul Ms. Gordon Smith today.

Thanking the Australian delegation for participating in Geneva Conference, Dr. Andisha explained in details the peace process with the Taliban and ensured that the achievements of the Afghan Government and the International Community over the last 17 years would be preserved in this process.

Later on, Mr. James Hall ensured Australia’s continued cooperation with the people and the Government of Afghanistan and added that the Australian Government had pledged, in the Geneva Conference, USD 5 million of assistance to counter draught in Afghanistan in addition to the previous assistances.

Both sides also discussed and exchanged views on the Afghan-Australian diplomatic relations’ 50th anniversary to be held in Canberra, Australia. The event will include a Joint Academic Conference on both countries as well. It is worth mentioning that the 5th Political Division Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Khalid Zekrya also participated in this meeting.

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