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Sunday 19 September 2021
 Kabul Local Time
28 Sunbula 1400, 08:21 AM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets German Embassy’s Charge d'Affaires August 2, 2021

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Chargé d'Affaires of the German Embassy to Kabul, Jan Hendrik van Thiel to discuss strengthening bilateral relations, security situation, and the Afghan Peace Process.

Minister Atmar expressed gratitude to Germany for its support to the state and preserving the hard-won gains and values over the last two decades. Minister Atmar also commended Germany's principled stance in condemning the escalation of attacks by the Taliban.

Expressing concern over the heightened violence, crimes, and human rights violations by the Taliban, Minister Atmar called for the cooperation of the international community, particularly that of the Federal Republic of Germany in exerting pressure on the Taliban to cease fighting and killing civilians.

The Charge d'Affaires of the German Embassy also expressed concern over the rising violence, reaffirming Germany’s readiness to strengthen the peace process and continued development and humanitarian cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Receives Courtesy Call from German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

KABUL – The Special Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Amb. Jasper Wieck paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar.

Commending Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan over the last two decades, particularly its support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, Minister Atmar highlighted the recent developments in Afghanistan, the importance of regional and international consensus to support the peace process, and cooperation between Kabul and Berlin following the withdrawal of the resolute support forces from Afghanistan.

Minister Atmar, while underscoring the importance of Germany’s continued support to Afghanistan and the peace process, said the Taliban’s escalated violence, violation of human rights, and not severing ties with other terrorist groups had resulted in the spread of extremism and presence of international terrorist groups, including ISIS, in Afghanistan and the region.

Expressing concern over the escalated violence by the Taliban, Mr. Wieck assured Minister Atmar of Germany’s continued support to the Afghan Peace Process and preserving the hard-won gains over the last two decades.

Foreign Minister Deeply Saddened by the Loss of Lives in Germany

KABUL – With deep regret, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has learned about the tragic loss of lives due to devastating floods in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar offers his heartfelt condolences to his German Counterpart Mr. Heiko Maas, the families and friends of the victims, and the government and people of Germany.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends.

German Parliamentarians Assure Continued Support to Afghan people

KABUL – Following the inter-parliamentary talks for inclusive peace, the Acting Minister of Women's Affairs; representatives of women members of the National Assembly, civil society; and human rights spoke to members of the German Parliament through VTC.

Welcoming the participants to the meeting, the Afghan Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Yama Yari called the inter-parliamentary dialogue important in strengthening peace and preserving Afghanistan's gains over the last two decades.

The Acting Minister of Women's Affairs Mrs. Hasina Safi; Chairwoman of the House Committee on Women and Human Rights Mrs. Nahid Farid; Chair of the Women's Parliamentary Group for Political Participation Mrs. Shinkai Karookhail and  members of the group Mrs. Shukria Issakhel, Mrs. Ruqia Nayel, Shegofah Nourzi; and members of the High Council for Reconciliation as well as the human rights institutions expressed their concerns regarding the plight of the people, particularly of the Afghan women, and the possibility of losing the hard-gained human rights achievements of the past two decades. They called on the German parliament to support the Afghan people, particularly the Afghan security forces, who have always been at the forefront of the fight against international terrorism.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Gabi Weber, Sabine Zimmermann, Leni Breymaier, Simon Schmiller, and other members of the German Parliament assured their Afghan counterparts of the German Bundestag’s continued support to the Afghan people, underscoring the importance of cooperation between the two countries’ parliaments.

Deputy Foreign Minister Speaks with German Special Representative for Afghanistan

KABUL - Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab discussed in a telephone conversation with the German Special Representative for Afghanistan Mr. Marcus Potzel, the process of peace talks and significance of continued German aids and support to Afghanistan.

Commending Germany's technical and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, Mr. Nab said that Germany’s continued support for justified position of the Afghan government and the rightful call of the Afghan people to end the war and bloodshed in the country was vital for establishment of a sustainable and just peace in Afghanistan.

Deputy Minister Nab also spoke about convening the 9th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process, to be held in Tajikistan in late March, and stressed the continuation of German support for the process.

Mr. Putzel emphasized need for a lasting and just peace, which would preserve the achievements of the past 20 years in Afghanistan, and expressed his country's readiness to continue to support people and the government of Afghanistan for success of the peace talks.

Both sides wished for success of the peace talks and also discussed the implementation of agenda for the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process Ministerial Meeting.

Progress and sacrifices should not be put at risk: Danish Foreign Minister

KABUL - Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with his Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod via video conference on Thursday evening.

The two sides discussed the finalization of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries, advancing the Afghan peace process, good governance, and the continuation of Denmark's valuable assistance to Afghanistan.

Calling Denmark a valued partner, Mr. Atmar honored the sacrifices of Danish soldiers and expressed gratitude for Denmark's humanitarian and development assistance to Afghanistan over the past 20 years.

Discussing good governance, Minister Atmar assured Danish Foreign Minister that Kabul was committed to combating corruption and spending international aid transparently, effectively, and responsibly.

Referring to the endstate of the Afghan peace process, Minister Atmar stated that the Government of the IRoA believed in a political settlement supported by the Afghan nation and international community, and that can lead to lasting and sustainable peace.

Expressing his government's strong support for the peace process, Foreign Minister Kofod said that Afghanistan must not become a terrorist haven again. Emphasizing the preservation of Afghanistan's democratic and human rights achievements, Mr. Kofod added that we must "avoid putting progress and sacrifices at risk." He assured the Afghan Foreign Minister of Denmark's continued commitment to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

Telephone Call between The Afghan Foreign Minister and the German Federal Foreign Minister

KABUL – Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar had a telephone conversation with the German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The two Foreign Ministers had a wide-ranging discussion on bilateral relations and the Afghan peace process, on Friday.

At the onset, Minister Atmar while thanking the German continued support and principle position on the Afghan Peace Process, emphasized that Germany’s role is critical in support of the second round of peace talks in Doha. 

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas reiterated on Germany’s support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and condemned the ongoing violence and targeted killing. Minister Maas added that the Taliban should meet their commitment and establish a ceasefire immediately.

Both Sides touched on the responsible drawdown of troops from Afghanistan in which the German Foreign Minister assured that it will work with NATO partners for a condition-based drawdown of forces.

Acting Foreign Minister Meets with Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan

KABUL - Acting Foreign Minister, Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Mr. Markus Potzel, Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan, this afternoon.

At the outset, Foreign Minister thanked the people and government of Germany for their continued support and commitment to Afghanistan over the past 19 years, particularly the crucial role that Germany has played in the Afghanistan peace process.

Minster Atmar discussed the obstacles and challenges facing the progress in peace talks, including the high level of violence, and the call for an immediate ceasefire between the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Taliban.

Minister Atmar also discussed the preparation for 2020 Conference on Afghanistan due to be held in Geneva on the 23-24 November, and he shared his thoughts on aid efficiency, maintaining mutual accountability and the commitment of the Afghan Government for countering corruption and ensuring good governance.

While emphasizing Germany’s support of the Afghanistan peace process and preservation of the democratic gains, including Islamic Republic, Mr. Potzel said that his government is ready to participate and renew its commitment in the 2020 Conference on Afghanistan.

In closing, both sides stressed on strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Mr. Potzel assured Minister Atmar of his country’s continued commitment and cooperation with Afghanistan.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets the German Ambassador to Kabul

KABUL – Mirwais Nab, Deputy Minister Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, met with Mr. Axel Zeidler the Ambassador of Germany to Kabul, today afternoon.

At the outset of the meeting, Deputy Minister thanked the people and government Germany for their continued support and commitment to Afghanistan over the past two decades, particularly Germany’s active role in Afghanistan peace process.

They went on to talk about the recent developments and challenges in peace talks, reduction of violence and establishing comprehensive ceasefire and the 2020 Afghanistan Conference due to happen later this month.

The two sides concluded the meeting with a discussion on the the continuation of mutual cooperation and strengthening of the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Acting Foreign Minister Meets with the Ambassador of Germany and Chargé de’affaires of France and United Kingdom to Kabul

KABUL – Mohammad Haneef Atmar Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the ambassador of Germany Mr. Axel Zeidler and Chargé d’affaires of United Kingdom, Mr. Ian Collard and France, Mr. Thomas Guibert, today afternoon.

At the outset, German Ambassador and Chargé de’affaires of the UK and France condemned the recent horrendous attack on Kabul University and expressed their deep condolences and solidarity to Minister Atmar. They renewed their commitment to stand by the Afghan government and people in fight against terrorism.

Minister Atmar appreciated the solidarity and continued commitment and cooperation of their respective countries for Afghanistan in condemnation of the attack on Kabul University and over the past nineteen years as well as their support to the Afghanistan peace process.

They then discussed the Conference on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention (OPCW) and other related treaties and resolutions of the United Nations on the matter. The Conference, of the state parties that oversee the implementation of the chemical weapons conventions, is to be held from 30th November to 4th December this year.

In closing, all three heads of missions assured Minister Atmar of their countries’ commitment and support to the Afghanistan peace negotiations, preservation of the gains made over the past two decades and strengthening bilateral relations between Afghanistan and their respective countries.

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