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Sunday 19 September 2021
 Kabul Local Time
28 Sunbula 1400, 09:06 AM

MoFA’s Statement Regarding Taliban Attack on UNAMA Office in Herat

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan condemns in the strongest terms the armed attack by the Taliban on UNAMA office in Herat province.

By carrying out such attacks, the Taliban have taken violence to a new phase, entailing dangerous consequences. The continuation of such crimes will seriously endanger the continuation of international organizations’ presence and their activities in Afghanistan.

Widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including arbitrary killing of civilians, murdering prisoners, extrajudicial killings, public lashing of women and destruction of infrastructures, and now the attack on the United Nations, which represents the international community, are part of war crimes that the Taliban are perpetrating.

The unprecedented rise in violence and the continuous perpetuation of war crimes by the Taliban demonstrate the group's non-compliance with the international laws and obligations.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls on the International Community and relevant international organizations to hold the Taliban accountable for their war crimes and non-compliance with international humanitarian law.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan also calls on the international community to exert necessary pressures on the Taliban to prevent their continued bloodshed and war crimes.

Foreign Minister Meets with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Ms. Deborah Lyons.

The two sides discussed the Afghan peace process emphasizing the constructive role of the United Nations in strengthening and facilitating peace talks.

Speaking about his working trips to regional countries, Mr. Atmar stated that the regional consensus was growing on achieving a political solution that guarantees lasting peace in Afghanistan.

Stressing the vital role of the international community in ensuring a lasting peace in Afghanistan, Ms. Lyons assured the Foreign Minister of the United Nations' continued efforts to expand regional and global consensus.

The two sides also termed the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2513 vitally important for reducing violence, securing ceasefire, preventing terrorist activities, pursuing meaningful negotiations, and achieving a peaceful settlement leading to a permanent peace in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Meets Head of UNAMA

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar received the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, Ms. Deborah Lyons, this afternoon.

The two sides discussed the latest developments with regards to the Afghan peace process and the resumption of negotiations between the Afghan government delegation and the Taliban in Doha.

The Foreign Minister expressed serious concerns over the escalation of violence by the Taliban and the rising number of civilian casualties through targeted killing of journalists and human rights activists, including women, in different regions of Afghanistan. Minister Atmar noted that ensuring an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, protecting and promoting democratic values including human rights, rule of law, and freedom of speech, and strengthening the civil society were the main priorities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan amid the ongoing peace process.

Ms. Lyons briefed the Afghan Foreign Minister on the programs being implemented in Afghanistan by various UN agencies, assuring Mr. Atmar of UNAMA’s full support for the resumption of talks and restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Mr. Atmar expressed his appreciation for the constructive role the UN and its related organizations, especially UNAMA, had been playing in running development projects inside Afghanistan and in supporting and enhancing the Afghan peace process at regional and international levels.

Foreign Minister Receives Head of UNAMA

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar received the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, Ms. Deborah Lyons, Monday afternoon in his office at the Storai Palace.

Mr. Atmar expressed his appreciation for the constructive role the UN and its related organizations, especially UNAMA, had been playing to enhance the peace process in Afghanistan.

Ms. Lyons briefed the Afghan Foreign Minister on the programs being implemented in Afghanistan by the various UN agencies, including WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR. She said that UNAMA was working on new guidelines in light of which the UN agencies should be operating in the country. Ambassador Lyons assured Mr. Atmar of the full UNAMA support for the resumption of talks and restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Minister Atmar discussed the latest developments regarding the peace talks and expressed his gratitude to Ambassador Lyons and the United Nations for their support to the Afghan peace process.

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