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Sunday 22 September 2019
 Kabul Local Time
31 Sunbula 1398, 11:24 PM

 

KABUL – The Torkham crossing in order to further help patients and facilitate trade between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will operate round the clock.

The Afghan Government, appreciating Pakistan’s act on its commitment regarding round the clock operationalization of Torkham crossing, as always, emphasizes its stance on not recognizing the Durand Line as an official border between the two countries.

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman hosted a reception in honour of five newly appointed Ambassadors.

A luncheon reception was organized in honour of Mr. Najibullah Alikhel Ambassador to Ashgabat, Mr. Hassan Suroosh Ambassador to Ottawa, Ms. Helena Malikyar Ambassador to Rome, Mr. Moheb Rahman Spinghar Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur, and Mr. Shahzad Aryobee to Prague.

Preceding the reception, Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman, addressing the participants highlighted the importance of the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and the five host countries.  He wished the Ambassadors designate the best of success in their tenures.

KABUL - Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Sibghatullah Ahmadi addressed the media in a press conference today about recent developments.

Hinting at the recent trips of the Taliban to the regional countries, Mr. Ahmadi said, "The Government of Afghanistan welcomes the efforts of the countries in the region and beyond in facilitating the direct talks between the Government of Afghanistan and Taliban representatives."

He added, "Most probably, the US-Taliban negotiations will resume."

At the end, questions of the journalists were addressed.

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office with the Charge d’Affairs of the British Embassy in Kabul, Mr. Giles Lever.

The meeting focused on bilateral ties and arrangements, recent developments in the peace process, as well as the upcoming events.

Among the bilateral issues, the two sides discussed the state of progress in the legal procedures of the new British Embassy site.

Deputy Minister Zaman and Mr. Lever also talked about the upcoming presidential elections and related preparations; and running almost parallel with it, the UN General Assembly due later this month, as well as the ongoing peace effort.

Mr. Giles Lever informed Deputy Minister Zaman of London hosting some of Afghanistan’s donors to discuss assistance plans for the post peace period; tomorrow September 19th.  

Kabul – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of Agha Khan Foundation for Afghanistan Ms. Noor Jahan Mawani.

Mr. Zaman appreciated the assistance and activities of Aga Khan Foundation in various areas in Afghanistan. Ms. Mawani, who has served as the Ambassador of Agha Khan Foundation for six years in Afghanistan, indicated that she would leave Afghanistan with unforgettable memories.

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Zahid Nasrullah Khan.

The meeting focused on a range of issues; including some bilateral arrangements, the peace process, and the upcoming events.

Among issues of mutual interest, the two sides also discussed and exchanged views on the preparations for the official opening of the 24/7 operation at Torkham Cross point.

The two sides also talked about the recent developments related to the peace process, as well as the upcoming presidential elections and the UN General Assembly due to take place later this month. 

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met NATO Deputy Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ms. Holly Holzer.

Briefly discussing the recent developments, Deputy Minister Zaman and Ms. Holzer talked about aspects of NATO’s engagement in the country.  Ms. Holzer assured the Deputy Minister of NATO’s continued commitment to Afghanistan.

Ms. Holzer assured the Deputy Foreign Minister of her mission’s close cooperation with the ANSF in taking necessary security measures for the elections’ day.

On a separate note, the Deputy Foreign Minister raised issues related to the NATO’s short term training programs and emphasized the need for a transparent candidate selection.       

The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues and discussed the latest political developments, the Presidential Elections, and the UN General Assembly.

KABUL – The 70th year of the adoption of the Geneva Conventions (1949) was celebrated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with participation of the Second Vice President H.E. Sarwar Danish, Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Idrees Zaman, cabinet members and foreign diplomats.

The Deputy Foreign Minister welcomed the participants to the event and stated, "As an active member of the international community, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to observing the aforementioned Conventions, more than any time before." He expressed his gratitude to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for its humanitarian efforts in the last decades. Mr. Zaman stressed the significant role of the international humanitarian organizations in helping the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in this area.

 

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kabul Mr. Peter Prügel.

The two sides discussed the upcoming Presidential Elections, widening of bilateral relations and the current political dynamics in the country.

KABUL - The Martyrs’ Week (Hafta-e-Shaheed) coinciding with eighteenth anniversary of the martyrdom of National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud and eighth anniversary of the martyrdom of the Shaheed of Peace - Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani Commemorated during a glorious ceremony, with the participation of Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, President of Massoud Foundation Ahmad Wali Massoud, cabinet members, top government officials and a number of foreign ambassadors and diplomats in Kabul.

The ceremony started with the recitation of Quranic verses and national anthem. The Foreign Minister, In his opening remarks, prayed for the soul of the martyrs of freedom, especially the national hero and martyr of peace, stated that the current freedom and achievements of the country are the result of the sacrifices of the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of defending freedom and peace in this land. He emphasized the realization of lasting peace by preserving the achievements, stating that peace with dignity was the long-standing desire of the country's martyrs.

The Chief Executive also prayed for the soul of martyrs, adding: "The national hero, the Shaheed of peace Professor Burhanuddin and hundreds of others who have sacrificed their lives for achieving peace."

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