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Wednesday 14 April 2021
 Kabul Local Time
26 Hamal 1400, 04:13 AM

Seoul - Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nob met with Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Jongmoon Choi.

The Deputy Foreign Minister termed the first round of political consultations between Afghanistan and Korea a turning point in the relations between the two countries and underscored its significance in expanding bilateral cooperation in political, economic, trade, and cultural areas.

Mr. Nab acknowledged that Korea's generous financial assistance in various fields played a significant role in Afghanistan's achievements over the past twenty years. The Deputy Minister added that amid the ongoing peace talks, the role of friendly countries such as Korea was critical in helping Afghanistan to achieve lasting peace and preserve and build on the achievements of the last twenty years, including strengthening the Islamic Republic.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea praised the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's efforts to establish peace and stability in the country. He hoped that the forthcoming Istanbul peace talks would play a significant role in advancing the peace process and preserving Afghanistan's gains. He stressed that at this critical historic juncture, Afghanistan's progress should not be reversed.

During the meeting, Mr. Nab provided detailed information on the prospects for peace. He also touched on Korea's role in capacity-building programs, the expansion of economic and trade relations, and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

The Republic of Korea has recently pledged $ 35 million in assistance for the 2021 Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.

SEOUL – Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab and South Korea's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mr. Lee Kyung-Chul discussed the expansion of bilateral and multilateral cooperation at regional and international levels in the first round of political consultations between the two countries.

In a joint press release, both sides underscored the importance of building a peaceful, stable, and democratic Afghanistan and stressed that the political solution arising out of the peace process should "protect the gains achieved since 2001, the rights of Afghan people, including women, youth and minorities."

Mr. Nab and Mr. Kyung-chul also welcomed international efforts, especially the United Nations' role, in advancing peace talks and promoting stability in Afghanistan.

During the Seoul consultation, the two sides discussed the continuation of bilateral cooperation and reviewed the current status and effectiveness of South Korean projects in Afghanistan in combating Covid-19, promoting gender equality, and economic development cooperation. The two sides agreed to continue bilateral consultations to ensure the effectiveness of the development projects.

Representatives of Kabul and Seoul discussed deepening bilateral relations through various frameworks and exploring potential cooperation opportunities, including in trade and investment, capacity building, and reforestation in Afghanistan.

Mr. Nab expressed his sincere gratitude for South Korean assistance to Afghanistan in the political, economic, social, and military areas over the past 20 years. He hoped that political consultations would further expand bilateral cooperation.

KABUL - Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Pakistani Ambassador to Kabul, to discuss continued cooperation on advancing the Afghan peace process.

Touching on the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and preparations for the next round of peace talks in Turkey, Foreign Minister discussed the details of the emerging national consensus on the Roadmap for Peace, proposed by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The two sides stressed the significance of continued bilateral and multilateral engagements and cooperation for the success of the Afghan peace talks.

The Pakistani ambassador underscored the importance of Afghanistan's stability for boosting connectivity and strengthening economic cooperation in the region and assured the Foreign Minister of his country's support for the peace process.

KABUL – Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo, NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan.

Expressing gratitude for NATO's continued cooperation with Afghanistan and its support for the peace process, the Foreign Minister welcomed the decisions taken at recent meetings of NATO Foreign and Defense Ministers on Afghanistan and stressed the need for further cooperation and coordination between Afghanistan and NATO.

Referring to the upcoming Afghan Peace Talks in Turkey, both sides stressed the importance of cooperation and joint efforts between Afghanistan and international partners, including NATO. They underscored the need for continued consultations and exchanges for the success of the peace talks.

During the meeting, Mr. Pontecorvo assured Mr. Atmar of NATO's continued cooperation with Afghanistan's security and defense forces in the fight against terrorism.

KABUL - His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accomplishments by conferring the Amir Amanullah Khan Medal to Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar, and the Ghazi Mir Masjidi Khan Medal to Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab. President Ghani acknowledged the achievements and accomplishments of the Foreign Ministry, particularly the successful convening of the 9th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process and the 2020 Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.

During the medal awarding ceremony held at the Presidential Palace, His Excellency stated that Geneva and Heart of Asia Conferences, successfully managed by Foreign Ministery, played a significant role in strengthening Afghanistan's relations with regional and international partners and promoting a just and lasting peace that preserved the gains of the last two decades in Afghanistan.

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ez-Kar Project, Component 1

 

Project ID: P166127

Grand No: TF0A9092, D416-AF

Project Name: Procurement of IT Equipment and Server Room for the PIU in 2 Lots

Lot#1: Procurement of IT Equipment’s

Lot#2: Procurement of Server Room

Addendum No-1 for revision and correction of Bid Security Amount of Procurement of Server Room Lot # 2

RFB No: AF-EZ-KAR_MOFA-PIU-189978-GO-RFB

Subject: revision and correction of Bid Security Amount  for the Lot # 2 Procurement of Server Room for the PIU

Date: 25 March, 2021

The purpose of this Addendum is to reduce the bid security of Lot # 2 Procurement of Server Room for the PIU amount from USD 510,000 (Five Hundred Ten Thousand US Dollar) to USD-5,100 (Five Thousand and One Hundred US Dollar), therefore; the companies may submit their bid security according to the revised amount based on the Addendum No-1.

RFB Ref No

Original Bid Document

Revised Bid Document based on Addendum No:1

AF-EZ-KAR_MOFA-PIU-189978-GO-RFB

Bid Security Amount for the Lot # 1: 400 USD ( Four Hundred US Dollar)

Revised Bid Security Amount for the Lot # 1: 400 USD ( Four Hundred US Dollar)

Bid Security Amount for the Lot # 2: USD 510,000 (Five Hundred Ten Thousand US Dollar)

Revised Bid Security Amount for the Lot # 2: USD-5,100 (Five Thousand and One Hundred US Dollar)

If the bidder wishes to qualify for award of the contract for Two lots then, the bidder must demonstrate having minimum amount of Bid Security to meet the aggregate of the qualifying criteria for the individual lots and with the total amount of USD 5,500 (Five Thousand and Five Hundred US Dollar) for the Two Lots.

Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before May 10, 2021 at 10:30 am Kabul, Afghanistan Local Time.

All other terms and conditions of the RFB remain unchanged.

 

 

 

 

 

Specific Procurement Notice

Template

Request for Bids

Goods

(One-Envelope Bidding Process)

 

Country: Afghanistan

Name of Project: Ez-Kar Project, Component 1

Grant No.: TF0A9092, D416-AF

Contract Title: Procurement of IT Equipment and Server Room for the PIU in 2 Lots

Lot#1: Procurement of IT Equipment’s

Lot#2: Procurement of Server Room

 

RFB Reference No.: AF-EZ-KAR_MOFA-PIU-189978-GO-RFB

Issued on: March 23, 2021

  1. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Ez-Kar Project, Component 1, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the contract for Procurement of IT Equipment and Server Room for the PIU in 2 Lots.

 

2.      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for Procurement of Procurement of IT Equipment and Server Room for the PIU in 2 Lots.

3.      Bidding will be conducted through international competitive procurement using a Request for Bids (RFB) as specified in the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 Revised in November 2017 (“Procurement Regulations”), and is open to all eligible Bidders as defined in the Procurement Regulations.

4.      Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from Ez-Kar Project Component 1, Mr. Sher Mohammad Seddeqi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and inspect the bidding document during office hours 09:00 to 15:00 hours at the address given below.

5.      The bidding document in English may be obtained by interested eligible Bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below.

6.      Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before May 10, 2021 at 10:30 am Kabul, Afghanistan Local Time. Electronic Bidding will not be permitted. Late Bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the Bidders’ designated representatives and anyone who chooses to attend at the address below on the mentioned date and time.

7.      All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security:

For the Lot#1: USD 400 (Four Hundred US Dollar)

For the Lot#2: USD 510,000 (Five Hundred Ten Thousand US Dollar)

 

Bidder may choose to bid for one or all four (2) lots, evaluation and award will be on basis of lots.

 

If the bidder wishes to qualify for award of the contract for Two lots then, the bidder must demonstrate having minimum amount of Bid Security to meet the aggregate of the qualifying criteria for the individual lots and with the total amount of USD 501,400 (Five Hundred One Thousand and Four Hundred US Dollar) for the Two Lots.

8.      Attention is drawn to the Procurement Regulations requiring the Borrower to disclose information on the successful bidder’s beneficial ownership, as part of the Contract Award Notice, using the Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Form as included in the bidding document.

9.     The address referred to above is:

Operational and supporting center of machine readable passport, Ez-Kar Project, Component 1 – General of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Sher Mohammad Seddeqi –Procurement Specialist

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malek Asghar Square, Shah Mahmood Ghazi Street, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone Number: +93 020 210 77 48

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Website: www.mfa.gov.af

 

The Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process

9th Ministerial Conference

“Strengthening Consensus for Peace and Development”

Dushanbe Declaration

Preamble                                                                              

We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and high-level representatives of the Participating Countries, joined by the high level representatives of the Supporting Countries and of the Supporting Regional and International Organizations, having met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 30th March 2021 at the 9th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP), under co-chairmanship of H.E. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan and H.E. Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan;

We express our gratitude to H.E. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan and H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for inaugurating the 9th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process;

Recalling the previous Ministerial Declarations of the HoA-IP and reaffirming our commitment to the principles, objectives, and outcomes enshrined in the Declarations for promoting peace, security, and prosperity in Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia Region;

Reaffirming that the HoA-IP is an important platform led by Afghanistan for enhancing dialogue and building trust among regional countries. The HoA-IP promotes regional political, security and economic cooperation with the goal of building peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the entire region;

Stressing the need to advance regional cooperation and dialogue as effective and necessary means to address common challenges and to promote security, stability and socio-economic development in the Heart of Asia Region, and renewing our commitment to strengthening enhanced cooperation through various combinations of bilateral, trilateral and multilateral processes among Participating and Supporting Countries in an effective manner;

Admiring the cooperation and solidarity of the countries and organizations participating in the HoA-IP, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the assistance provided;

Peace, Political and Security Cooperation

  1. We support the ongoing efforts for the peace process and the continuation of the negotiations between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. While recognizing the importance and contributions of neighboring countries and regional and international partners, we call upon them to maximize their efforts for the success of the peace process;
  2. We acknowledge that long-term stability and prosperity in the region require peace and security in Afghanistan, and therefore the region as well as the international community has a shared responsibility and common interest to work together for promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region as a whole;
  3. We welcome the renewed diplomatic efforts by all countries to accelerate the peace process through a meaningful peace negotiation, including the ongoing negotiations in Doha, the Moscow “Troika plus” meeting, and diligent preparations for a high-level meeting in Turkey. We also support the enhanced role for the UN in the peace process, and in this regard, welcome the recent appointment of the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy to Afghanistan and the surrounding region;
  4. We recognize that a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire will enable all sides to reach an agreement on a political settlement, and in this regard, we affirm that any political settlement must protect the rights of all Afghans, including women, youth and minorities. It should also respect the strong desire of Afghans to achieve durable peace and prosperity, and must respond to their strong desire to sustain and build on the economic, social, political and development gains achieved since 2001, including respect for Afghanistan’s international obligations;
  5. We condemn the continuing high level of violence in Afghanistan, especially the high number of civilian causalities and deliberate targeting of civil service employees, civil society activists, human rights defenders, journalists and media workers by the Taliban and terrorist groups. While condemning in the strongest terms, all terrorist activities in all forms and manifestations as being criminal and unjustifiable; we emphasize the need for an immediate, permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, resume meaningful peace negotiations and full respect for International Humanitarian Law;
  6. We also express our concerns about the continued relations between the Taliban and international terrorist groups, including Al-Qaida as outlined in the twenty-seventh report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team of the United Nations Security Council (S/2021/68). While taking note of the recent announcement made by the Taliban to have ordered its members across Afghanistan not to allow foreign fighters in their ranks, we reaffirm the importance of ensuring that the territory of Afghanistan is not used as safe havens for any terrorist groups, foreign terrorist entity, including Daesh/ISIS, Al-Qaida or other regional and international terrorist groups and their affiliates, including those referenced in the previous HoA Declarations;
  7. We commend the sacrifices and achievements of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and in the fight against international terrorism, and we emphasize the importance of supporting the Afghan Government in capacity building, in particular of the ANDSF, in securing their country and in the fight against international terrorism;
  8. We remain determined to counter all forms and manifestations of terrorism and extremism by reinforcing our collective efforts. We reiterate our resolve to work together to prevent and suppress terrorist acts through increased regional and international solidarity and cooperation, in accordance with the UN Charter and obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and where applicable the international refugee law, as well as through the full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions. In this regard, we strongly call for concerted regional and international cooperation to ensure dismantling of terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens, preventing and interdicting the movement of terrorists and terrorist groups, including foreign terrorist fighters, across the countries of the HoA Region and anywhere else, as well as disrupting all financial, tactical, logistical or any other form of support for terrorism without any distinction;

Counter Narcotics

  1. We are concerned about the high level of illicit cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan, the volume of drug trafficking, illicit drug trade, trafficking of precursors, the new prevalence of methamphetamine, the rising demand for illicit narcotics and the rising drug abuse in the HoA Region and beyond. This poses a threat to the socio-economic development, security and stability not only in Afghanistan, but also in the surrounding region and the world as a whole. Further eradication of opium cultivation, promotion of alternative livelihoods, law enforcement, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and public information efforts are required as part of a comprehensive and integrated strategy to address this common challenge, based on the principle of common and shared responsibility, and consistent with the international drug control Conventions;
  2. We call upon the international community to continue to assist the Government of Afghanistan in implementing its National Drug Control Strategy and National Drug Action Plan and its efforts to eliminate the cultivation and production of, trafficking in and consumption of illicit drugs, increase support for Afghan law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, agricultural and rural development for the creation of improved alternative, licit livelihoods for farmers and demand-reduction support, increase public awareness of counter-narcotics issues and build the capacity of drug control institutions, and care and treatment centers for drug users. We also stress the urgent need to respond to the serious challenges posed by the nexus between revenue from illicit narcotics and financial support for anti-government actors and terrorist entities in Afghanistan and the HoA Region. We appreciate efforts to strengthen capacity of law enforcement, border control and other relevant agencies to counter illicit drug production and trafficking in the HoA Region, including through training projects and activities under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime;

 

Refugees and Returnees

  1. We commend countries in the region and beyond for their hospitality and support in hosting millions of Afghan refugees for four decades. We acknowledge the role of regional and neighboring countries in particular Iran and Pakistan in hosting Afghan refugees for such a long time and call for creating conducive conditions in Afghanistan for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation. In respecting the well-being and human rights of the refugees, we urge the international community to continue to assist host countries in taking care of the essential needs of Afghan refugees and to provide support to the repatriation and reintegration efforts of the Government of Afghanistan and targeted assistance for their voluntary, safe and dignified repatriation and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan, with emphasis on youth, education and livelihoods;

Economic Cooperation

  1. We welcome the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework II, aligned with the Afghanistan Partnership Framework as part of the new aid architecture adopted at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva, setting out the strategic policy priorities of the Government of Afghanistan and guiding its reform activities within the three pillars of Peace-building, State-building and Market-building, in the pursuit of increased self-reliance by the end of the Transformation Decade in 2024;
  2. We appreciate the long-term partnership and commitment of the international community for supporting the Government and people of Afghanistan and stress the crucial need for continuation of such support for achieving a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan based on their renewed mutual commitments, as agreed upon at the 2020 Conference on Afghanistan;
  3. We reaffirm that regional economic cooperation and integration offers broad opportunities for socio-economic development, and can assist with exploiting and developing the long-term economic potential that exists in Afghanistan and the wider region, and we stress the need for further advancing regional economic cooperation as an effective means to achieve lasting peace, stability and economic prosperity in Afghanistan and the HoA Region;
  4. We welcome the joint efforts of Afghanistan and the region to enhance dialogue and collaboration in advancing economic development in Afghanistan and across the HoA Region, including measures to facilitate regional connectivity, trade and transit, expand consular visa cooperation, and facilitate business travel, expansion of trade, increase the foreign investments and development of infrastructure, including infrastructural connectivity, energy supply, transport and integrated border management, with a view to promoting sustainable economic growth and the creation of jobs in Afghanistan and the region;
  5. We acknowledge the historical role of Afghanistan as a land bridge in promoting regional connectivity and economic integration in the HoA Region, and we recall that such regional economic cooperation plays an important role in achieving stability and development in Afghanistan, in this regard we urge all relevant stakeholders to create a feasible and secure environment for the full implementation of these development initiatives and trade agreements. We also welcome the progress made by these initiatives and projects, and call upon all regional countries to facilitate trade and transit;
  6. We recognize the important role of Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) as a regional platform for promoting economic cooperation in Afghanistan and the region, and in this regard, we support the implementation of the priority regional projects as outlined under the Declaration of RECCA-VII. We look forward to the next RECCA Ministerial Meeting to be held in the second half of 2021 in Tashkent, the Republic of Uzbekistan;
  7. We also recognize the important role of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, ECO, CICA, CAREC and SAARC as platforms for cooperation between Afghanistan and the region;

Regional and International Organizations

  1. We recognize the important role of regional organizations supporting different areas of cooperation under the HoA-IP and underline the need to strengthen the relations of HoA-IP with other regional organizations;
  2. We recognize the central and impartial role of the United Nations in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and express our appreciation for all efforts of the Secretary-General and his Special Representative for Afghanistan through the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA);
  3. We appreciate the continued efforts by the OIC and its Member States in support of the Afghan Peace Process and their call for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire. We also welcome the declarations of the Muslim countries calling for an end of violence and calling the ongoing war and bloodshed in Afghanistan religiously illegitimate;

Confidence Building Measures

  1. We realize the importance of the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) as the key element for enhancing trust and practical political, security and economic cooperation in the HoA Region, and in this regard, we urge the Participating Countries to continue the implementation of the CBMs;
  2. We commend the Government of Pakistan for holding the first Regional Technical Group (RTG) Meeting of the Agriculture Development CBM, and call upon the lead countries of the 8 CBMs to convene the RTG Meetings in a timely manner as decided previously;
  3. We appreciate the valuable support of the international community to the HoA-IP. In this context, we look forward to continued contributions of the Supporting Countries and Organizations to realize the implementation of activities prioritized under each CBM;
  4. We endorse the Implementation Plan for the new Women Empowerment CBM and the amended Implementation Plan for Disaster Management and Environmental Protection CBM, and appreciate the work done by the co-chairs in regards;
  5. We welcome the World Bank as a new Supporting Organizations of the Process;

Conclusion

  1. We task our Senior Officials to hold the next Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of this Process, within three months of this Conference, to implement and follow up on the decisions made in this conference;
  2. We express our sincere appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for hosting the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the HoA-IP in Dushanbe. We welcome Afghanistan for hosting the Tenth Ministerial Conference in 2022;
  3. This Declaration was adopted in Dushanbe on 30 March 2021 by the Foreign Ministers and high-level representatives of the Participating Countries of the HoA-IP: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, People's Republic of China, Republic of India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Russian Federation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Republic of Uzbekistan;
  4. This Declaration was welcomed by the high-level representatives of the Supporting Countries and Supporting Regional and International Organizations of the HoA-IP: Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Finland, Republic of France, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Italy, Japan, Republic of Poland, Kingdom of Norway, Kingdom of Spain, Kingdome of Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), European Union (EU), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the United Nations (UN).

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KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemns last Sunday's suicide attack on a Catholic church in the city of Makassar, Indonesia, that wounded 20 people.

These terrorist attacks are against all universally accepted values and norms for peaceful coexistence between followers of different religions worldwide.

Being a victim of terrorism and violence, Afghanistan has repeatedly stressed that attacking places of worship and religious centers, targeting civilians, and destroying infrastructure are against the sacred teachings of Islam and in flagrant violation of all internationally accepted laws, agreements, and covenants.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers its sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mirwais Nab met with Turkish Ambassador to Kabul Mr. Oğuzhan Ertuğrul this afternoon to discuss the convening of Ninth Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process scheduled to take place in Tajikistan, and the Afghan peace meeting in Turkey.

Mr. Ertugrul briefed Deputy Minister Nab on technical and content preparations for the Afghan peace meeting in Turkey.

Appreciating efforts of the Republic of Turkey in supporting Afghan peace process and hosting a peace conference in this regard, Mr. Nab stressed the need for a lasting and just peace based on the will and aspirations of the Afghan people.

Both sides expressed hope for success of the Afghan peace talks to be hosted by Turkey and discussed in details the arrangements and preparations for the 9th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process. They also emphasized comprehensive use of the conference for confidence building, cooperation, and coordination for fight against common challenges, establishment of a lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region.

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.

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