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.
KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the French Ambassador to Kabul, Mr. David Martinon, today.
At the outset, the Foreign Minister thanked the people and the Government of France for their continued cooperation over the past two decades.
The two sides discussed the latest developments in the peace process, including the need for immediate start of negotiations between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) and the Taliban, reduction of violence, the need for a humanitarian ceasefire, and the importance of preserving the achievements of the last 19 years.
The French Ambassador expressed optimism about the progress made between the GoIRA and the Taliban in preparing for the peace talks. He reiterated his government's full support for the peace process and maintaining the achievements of the past 19 years, including the Islamic Republic and the democratic rights and freedoms of the Afghan citizens.
The two sides also discussed potential opportunities for capacity building programs for Afghan diplomats at French institutions.
Both sides stressed the need to expand and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Martinon assured Minister Atmar of his country's continued cooperation with Afghanistan.