KABUL – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hosted a conference on “Strengthening Consensus for Peace” on July 6, 2020.
The conference held via VTC was attended by representatives from over twenty countries and international organizations. The opening statement was made by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the conference was chaired by the Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar. H.E. Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation concluded the conference.
Participants emphasized the importance of international consensus on peace through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process. Participants focused on the latest developments in the peace process including the need for Reduction in Violence (RiV) by the Taliban, the release of prisoners by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, start of intra-Afghan dialogue, and the need for the establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking note of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) report on the high levels of violence in Afghanistan and the recent call for peace from the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), participants appealed to the Taliban to significantly reduce violence in order to facilitate the immediate start of intra-Afghan dialogue.
Participants reaffirmed their commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and emphasized the need to preserve the values and achievements of the last two decades.
Joint Press Release of the 3rd Round China -Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue
July 7, 2020,
The 3rd round China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue was held via video link. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab and Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood co-chaired the dialogue.
The three sides conducted in-depth discussions and reached consensus on cooperation against COVID-19, the Afghan peace and reconciliation process, and trilateral cooperation.
The three sides attach great importance to the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation and would continue to vigorously implement the outcome of the 3rd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue. The three sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening communication and coordination and enhancing mutual trust and cooperation under the trilateral cooperation mechanism.
The three sides agreed to further the cooperation against COVID-19, call on the international community to jointly prevent discrimination and stigma, support the World Health Organization's leading role in coordinating global COVID-19 response, promote international cooperation on joint prevention and control, and safeguard public health security in the region and beyond.
China and Pakistan appreciated the efforts by the Afghanistan government and relevant parties in expediting the exchange of the prisoners to pave the way for the start of the Intra-Afghan Negotiations and call for violence reduction and humanitarian ceasefire. China and Pakistan will enhance cooperation with the Afghan government in support of the “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” peace reconciliation process, the launch of Intra-Afghan Negotiations at an early date, support the preservation of the gains since 2001, and looked forward to the early restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to further strengthen dialogue and work for continuous improvement of bilateral relations including through the effective implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). China will continue to play a constructive role in improving Afghanistan-Pakistan relations.
The three sides agreed that the return of Afghan refugees should be part of peace and reconciliation process and underlined the role of international community for a time-bound and well-resourced roadmap for the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honour.
The three sides urged for an orderly, responsible and condition based withdraw of the foreign troops from Afghanistan to avoid potential terrorist resurgence. The three sides agreed to continue to strengthen counter-terrorism and security cooperation, combat the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement”, and all other terrorist forces and networks posing threats to our common security.
The three sides expressed readiness to carry out trilateral practical cooperation in flexible manners, and keep exploring new fields of cooperation, with a view to accumulating outcomes for the 4th China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue.
KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation, Mirwais Nab, met with Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Kabul, Mr Gregory Bledjian.
Deputy Minister Nab expressed appreciation for Germany’s constructive role in Afghanistan and deliberated on the importance of regional and international support for the Afghan peace process. He highlighted the latest efforts of the Afghan Foreign Ministry on garnering regional consensus and beginning intra-Afghan negotiation.
Both sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the peace process such as the need for a reduction of violence, release of prisoners by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, the importance of regional engagement and consensus, and the importance of beginning Intra-Afghan negotiation.
Telephone Conversation between the Acting Foreign Minister and the British Ambassador to Afghanistan
KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation with British Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ms Alison Blake CMG.
At the onset, both sides exchanged views on the global experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and deliberated the impacts it has had on Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.
The main topic of discussion was the Afghan peace process. Both sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the peace process such as concerns on the increase in the level of violence, the mechanisms needed for monitoring a reduction of violence, release of prisoners by the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and the importance of beginning intra-Afghan negotiation.
Minister Atmar and Ambassador Blake also deliberated the importance of regional and international engagement and the need for consensus on the Afghan peace process.
The British Ambassador reiterated the support of the British government for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation with Mr Raşit Meredov, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan.
At the onset, Minister Atmar expressed appreciation for the humanitarian assistance provided by Turkmenistan to Afghanistan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The discussions then focussed on the videoconference call between the Presidents of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan and both sides exchanged views on the best means of implementing the decisions made during the call.
The Ministers also discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations, the Afghan peace process - focusing on the role of the region and importance of regional consensus for the process, and exchanged views with regard to preparatory meetings for the implementation of the TAPI Project.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Members of the International Coordination and Response Group to Support Families of the Victims of Flight PS752
KABUL – The Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Canada, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Sweden, as members of the International Coordination and Response Group, to support families of victims of Flight PS752, held a conference call for the downing of Ukrainian Flight PS752 and on the importance of state-to-state negotiations by signing a MoU on Cooperation regarding Negotiations on Reparations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
By signing this MoU, the ministers reiterated their call for an investigation into the the tragic plane crash, which resulted in the loss of 176 lives including Afghan nationals as well as for a fair compensation to the families of victims.
KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Mr Vinay Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan.
At the onset, Minister Atmar congratulated India on its election as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and emphasized that Afghanistan will work closely with India at the UN.
Both sides exchanged views on the Afghan peace process and the further strengthening of bilateral relations.
The Indian Ambassador reiterated the Indian governments support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar, held a telephone conversation with Ignazio Cassis, Foreign Minister of Switzerland.
At the onset, Minister Atmar expressed appreciation for Switzerland’s continued support to Afghanistan. Both sides then discussed the importance of the international communities continued commitment to Afghanistan, and preparations for the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan which will be held in November this year.
The Ministers exchanged views on the Afghan peace process and potential opportunities for expanding and further strengthening bilateral relations.
The Foreign Minister of Switzerland reiterated the Swiss governments full support for the Afghan peace process and elaborated on his government’s pledge to support Afghanistan in line with bilateral and international commitments.
Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Holds Telephone Conversation with Sri Lankan Counterpart on Expanding Bilateral Relations
KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Minister of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena held a telephone conversation to discuss bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka and other issues of mutual interest and concern.
The main topics of discussion included the challenges facing Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, developments in the Afghan peace process, the expansion of bilateral relations, and increased cooperation and coordination of SAARC members.
Telephone Conversation between the Acting Foreign Minister and the British Ambassador to Afghanistan
KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation with the British Ambassador to Afghanistan Ms. Alison Blake CMG.
At the onset, both sides deliberated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Afghanistan and the UK, especially the resulting human casualties, and exchanged views on sharing their experiences in combating the pandemic.
Minister Atmar expressed appreciation for the UK’s continued engagement in Afghanistan and its support for the Afghan peace process. Both sides exchanged views on the latest developments with regard to the peace process and discussed the mechanism for monitoring Reduction in Violence; developing regional and international cooperation; garnering the support of Afghanistan’s international partners in relation to the peace process; establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire; strengthening regional consensus on peace; immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations; and the release of prisoners by both the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
The British Ambassador reiterated the British governments support for the Afghan peace process and elaborated on her governments vision on the intra-Afghan dialogue and consolidation of regional consensus.