KABUL – A press conference was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Foreign Minister Rabbani’s recent trip to Tajikistan for participating in C5+Japan Meeting with Afghanistan, the High-Level Conference on ‘Regional and International Cooperation on Counterterrorism and Its Financing through Illicit Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime’, and the Peace Talks.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Sibghatullah Ahmadi provided a brief on Foreign Minister Rabbani’s participation in the mentioned occasions and discussed Central Asia and Japan’s cooperation with Afghanistan in the areas of infrastructure development, strengthening economic cooperation between these countries, and establishing new regional mechanisms for combating terrorism and organized crime.

Mr. Ahmadi welcomed the regional and international efforts for facilitating direct talks between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Taliban representatives, in particular Germany and India’s recent engagements in this regard, and called for tangible actions to be taken by Pakistan aimed at Peace in Afghanistan.

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister H.E Salahuddin Rabbani met the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Responsible for Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) and Crisis Response Mr. Pedro Serrano.

Mr. Pedro emphasized Europe’s continuous commitment for the Afghan Peace Process and elections and expressed his assurance on Europe’s extension of cooperation and support.

The Foreign Minister welcomed the continuous support of EU and emphasized its role in Afghan Led and Owned Peace Talks.

Both sides talked on the Peace Process; Presidential Elections; terrorism; border management; the trilateral meeting between the U.S, Russia, and China; Afghan Peace Talks; and extension of regional cooperation between Afghanistan and Central Asia.

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister H.E Salahuddin Rabbani met UN Under- Secretary General of United Nations Counter Terrorism Office Mr. Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov.

At this meeting, they talked on the importance of holding the International and Regional Conference on Terrorism hosted by Afghanistan and supported by the United Nations.

Mr. Voronkov announced this organization’s readiness on providing training for employees of related Afghan organizations in identifying terrorist elements using technical biometric tools and providing Afghanistan with such tools.

At this meeting, there was an agreement on continuing capacity building programs by UN Pre-Emptive Diplomacy Center in Ashgabat in the field of trans boundary waters, cooperation projects, exchange of views among the youth, and the abovementioned center’s role in strengthening cooperation between the Afghan and central Asian countries’ parliaments.

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

Having appreciated the participation of Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Mr. Muhriddin expressed his expectation for Afghanistan’s participation in the SIKA summit to be held in Dushanbe in June.

Foreign Minister of Tajikistan said, “We want prosperity in Afghanistan and understand the situation there. As our president said, there is no good and bad terrorism, and it should be fought based on a planned program.”

Mr. Sirojiddin also mentioned the seventh intergovernmental commission on economic, commercial, social, and technical cooperation between Afghanistan and Tajikistan that is to be held in Dushanbe and said that mutual issues would be discussed there. Moreover, he informed the Afghan Foreign Minister about 50 more scholarships in the coming year.

Mr. Rabbani his appreciation for the invitation and congratulated his counterpart for successfully holding such an important conference. He also called the presence of Afghanistan in such meetings very important.

Foreign Minister Salahuddin said that a high level delegation would participate in SIKA Summit. He also welcomed the speech delivered by the Tajik President that the problem of terrorism does not belong to one country, there is no good and bad terrorism, and the problem of terrorism is not only Afghanistan’s problem.

Mr. Rabbani mentioned his meeting with the Tajik President and called it positive and expressed his appreciation for Tajikistan’s 50 scholarships.

Both sides talked on CASA 1000, second phase of Raghoon Dam, and security and border cooperation between the two countries, transfer of 80 Afghan prisoners, peace, and Afghan Presidential Elections.

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister H.E Salahuddin Rabbani met with Tajikistan’s Chairman of Assembly of Representatives Mr. Shukurjon Zuhurov.

Mr. Zuhurov said, “We are ready to extend our relations with countries of the region, especially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s security is not only important to Tajikistan but also to all Central Asian countries. He announced his country’s readiness in brining peace and stability and fighting terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crimes.” He said that peace and  stability in Tajikistan was as a result of hard work of the Peace Martyr Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani and the National Hero of Afghanistan Ahmad Shah Massoud, and the government and people of Tajikistan would always remember it. He called regional projects very important for stability in Afghanistan and added that Tajikistan was ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in transferring electricity through CASA 1000 Electricity Transmission Line.

Having expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome, the Foreign Minister called Tajikistan a brother and friend of Afghanistan’s and said that the government and people of Tajikistan had stood with Afghanistan in bad security conditions.

Both sides discussed mutual issues, Afghanistan’s security and its effects on the region, Afghan Peace Talks, and regional cooperation.

DUSHANBE – The Conference on International and Regional Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism and its Financing Through Drug Trafficking and Organized Crimes was held by opening remarks of the Tajik President H.E Emomali Rahman.

At this meeting, H.E Foreign Minister Rabbani said, “This meeting at this critical juncture is very important, and the people of Afghanistan have suffered a lot in fighting terrorism over the past 4 decades.

There is a natural link between terrorism, organized crimes, and narcotics. Terrorist networks are active through organized crimes and drug trafficking to destabilize the security of countries and to find financial sources.” He further added, “In order to combat the financing of terrorism, Afghanistan has established Fin TRACA, which analyzes financial sources. Moreover, Afghanistan has signed cooperation MoUs with 18 countries on fighting terrorism.”

The Foreign Minister said that exchange of information, cooperation in border areas between Afghanistan and Central Asia, and exchange of experience was a need. He further emphasized the importance of a harmonized strategy for fighting terrorism and crimes in the region and practical measures in implementing the UN strategy of fighting terrorism and its related resolutions.

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister H.E Salahuddin Rabbani met with the President of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E Emomali Rahman.

Appreciating the support and help of the Tajik People and Government, the Foreign Minister called Tajikistan a brother and friend of Afghanistan’s and asked for transfer of 80 Afghan Prisoners to Afghanistan.

H.E Rahman expressed his assurance that the 80 prisoners would soon be transferred to Afghanistan. He added that the Raghoon Damn would be completed and give electricity to Afghanistan.

At this meeting, security, economy, and development projects were also discussed.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Brother Sirojiddin Muhriddin,

Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to thank our good neighbor the Republic of Tajikistan for the kind invitation and hosting this important meeting on a very pressing issue in a crucial moment for our region.

Despite international investment, terrorism and organized crime are growing and bringing instability and disruption to the region and beyond.

As a country suffered massively over the past four decades in fighting terrorism, Afghanistan attaches high value to such initiatives aiming to take collective and integrated approach to defeat this menace as the enemy of our civilization.

There is deep linkage and interaction between terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking, and therefore, we need to develop a multidimensional regional strategy for countering narcotics and establishment of coordinated structures. 

Distinguished Delegates,

It is an undeniable fact that our region has the highest concentration of the terrorist networks anywhere. They are not just regional, but also international, such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

The main goal of these terrorist groups is to create a network of cooperation with criminal syndicates, and to destabilize the national security of the countries.

They obtain funds by extorting the population, kidnapping, illegal extraction of minerals, human and drug trafficking.

The mounting pressure on Daesh in Iraq and Syria, may lead to the relocation of this group to some other parts of the world, including our region.

This is the issue that remains a source of great concern and history must not be repeated elsewhere.

Dear Colleagues,

The disrupting of terrorists funds by using financial investigation can be an effective method for the regional countries to better respond to this challenge.

As part of our commitment in fighting terrorism and organized crime, since 2006, we have established the Financial Transaction and Reports Analysis Center of Afghanistan (FinTRACA).

The main mission of this center is to deny the use of the Afghan Financial institutions to those who have obtained funds as the results of illegal activities, and to those who would use it to support terrorist activities and other crimes.

At the international level, FinTRACA has signed 18 Memorandums of Understandings, including with the five Central Asian states and the Russian Federation.

Distinguished delegates,

We share long borders with three Central Asian states, namely Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Therefore the security, stability and prosperity of our countries and the region are deeply inter-connected with each other.

To this end, we need to further increase information sharing, enhance border security and management, develop our legal regimes and exchange the best experiences on countering financing of terrorism.

From our perspective, the network of financing terrorism has regional and global dimensions, and not a single country can solve this problem alone.

It is imperative to develop a common and coordinated strategy to address all aspects of terrorism and organized crime, including financial flows.

We need regional cooperation to establish a mechanism of verification and coordination for eliminating the existing threats, and to take practical steps in implementing the United Nations Global Strategy on countering terrorism and its financing, and the UN Security Council relevant resolutions in this regard.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In conclusion, I would like to assure the international community that Afghanistan will continue to be a reliable partner in fighting terrorism and organized crime.

At the same time, to achieve a durable peace is our highest national priority and fundamental demand of our people.

To this end, during recent months, efforts have been increased nationally and internationally, and we are hopeful that these efforts will create a favorite environment leading to direct talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. It is also necessary that any engagement should be based on the Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process.

We strongly believe that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan would be in the interest of the entire region and beyond.

Thank you,

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met British Chargé d'affaires Mr. Giles Lever.

Both sides talked on successfully held Consultative Loya Jirga, the Third Kabul Process Meeting to be held soon, extending bilateral ties between the two countries, Ms. Alice Wells’ trip to Afghanistan, talks between Afghans on peace, upcoming Presidential Elections, Afghan and Pakistani Ulema’s meeting, EU’s role in peace in Afghanistan, and the current political situation in the country and the world.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Special Representative of the German Federal Government, for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Markus Potzel.

Briefing the Foreign Minister on his recent Doha trip, Ambassador Potzel said, "Germany intends to have an active role in bringing about peace in Afghanistan." He also hinted that respecting the Constitution was key to stability in Afghanistan.

Appreciating Germany's continued support to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Rabbani deemed that Germany was a great friend of Afghanistan.

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