ISTANBUL – The Afghanistan – Turkey – Pakistan trilateral meeting was successfully held today in Istanbul, Turkey. Minister Atmar in his opening remarks, praised Turkey’s efforts as a valuable and trustworthy friend of Afghanistan in strengthening peace process, convening the trilateral meeting, and holding the next round of peace talks. Minister Atmar also appreciated Pakistan’s active role in assisting the efforts to lay the groundwork for peace talks, and called the trilateral meeting a substantial platform for expanding relations and cooperation with Pakistan.
Minister Atmar said that Afghanistan has fulfilled all its commitments towards paving the ground for achieving political settlement with the Taliban, including releasing 6000 Taliban prisoners. Discussing the peace proposal presented by H.E. the Afghan President, Minister Atmar stated that Afghanistan is fully prepared to share power with the Taliban through the peace government until holding early Elections.
H.E. Mevlut Cavusoglu reckoned political settlement as the only possible option to end war in Afghanistan and called for close cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan for the success of peace process. He said that Turkey will also try to convene the Trilateral Summit before commencement of the upcoming peace talks in Turkey.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan, H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Quraishi in his statement said that the Taliban didn’t indicate their willingness to participate, but we believe that it is a temporary postponement He hoped that the peace talks resume after Eid-ul-Fitr in Turkey, and that both sides would commit to negotiating an inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement.
By the end of the meeting, Ministers of three countries appeared in a press conference and called on the Taliban to return to the negotiating table and resume the peace talks.
All three countries deplored high level of violence in the joint declaration released at the end of the trilateral meeting, and emphasized immediate, sustainable, and comprehensive ceasefire as a prerequisite for creating conductive atmosphere for the success of peace talks.
The three countries reiterated their commitment to a peaceful, sovereign, independent, democratic, and united Afghanistan. Officials from the three countries also discussed and exchanged views on expanding economic cooperation and implementing regional connectivity projects, joint fight against terrorism and organized crimes, irregular migrations, and enhancing welfare in the region.
Joint Statement Adopted at the Conclusion of the Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Republic of Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and His Excellency Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan held a Trilateral Meeting in İstanbul, on 23 April 2021.
On the occasion of the Trilateral Meeting, the three Foreign Ministers,
Reiterated their commitment to support a peaceful, sovereign, independent, democratic and united Afghanistan,
Recognized that a sustainable peace can be achieved only through an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process that aims a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire along with an inclusive political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan,
Emphasized their support to the Afghanistan Peace Process and the ongoing Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha for the achievement of a just and durable political settlement,
Recognized the efforts of Turkey, Qatar and the UN to hold a high-level meeting in İstanbul aimed at giving momentum to the ongoing Afghanistan Peace Negotiations,
Recalled that the Istanbul Conference had been postponed after extensive discussions with all relevant parties with a view to holding the Conference when conditions for making meaningful progress would be more favorable, therefore called on all parties, in particular the Taliban to reaffirm their commitment for achieving an inclusive negotiated settlement leading to lasting peace in Afghanistan desired by the Afghan people, the region and the international community.
Deplored the continuing high level of violence in Afghanistan, especially regretted the high number of civilian casualties and particularly condemned attacks targeting civil service employees, civil society activists, human rights defenders, journalists and media workers,
Emphasized the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire both to end the existing high level of violence and to provide a conducive atmosphere for the peace talks,
Recognized the importance of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) as a substantial platform that contributes to regional stability in fields ranging from political and security cooperation to economic integration,
Reiterated their common resolve to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,
Acknowledged the role of the regional and neighboring countries, in particular Pakistan and Iran in hosting Afghan refugees for more than four decades and called for creating conducive conditions in Afghanistan for their voluntary, safe, dignified, expeditious and sustainable repatriation through a well-resourced plan,
Urged 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,
Expressed their determination to enhance cooperation on regional connectivity in transport, trade, energy, people-to-people contacts, education, social and cultural exchange, tourism,
Discussed the far-reaching implications of the COVID 19 pandemic on economic growth and public health, agreed to exchange information, research, expertise and best practices, and called for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity to effectively address the challenge, keeping in view financial and capacity limitations of developing countries,
Recognizing the contribution of the Trilateral Summit Process to regional dialogue and cooperation, agreed on planning for the revitalization of the said Process in order to deepen bilateral as well as trilateral cooperation among the three countries to address common security threats and work on existing regional economic opportunities,
His Excellency Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and His Excellency Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan conveyed their thanks to His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey and to the Government and brotherly people of Turkey for hosting the Trilateral Meeting.
ISTANBUL - Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar, who has left for Istanbul to attend the Afghanistan-Turkey-Pakistan Trilateral Meeting, will attend the sessions virtually as advised by physicians.
Preliminary tests do not rule out the possibility of Minister Atmar being infected with COVID-19; therefore, Foreign Minister will avoid attending the meeting in person. Given the significance of the successful holding of the meeting, Minister Atmar will attend through VTC.
The Trilateral Meeting plays a significant role in the successful planning and convening of the Istanbul Peace Conference, to be held in the near future; therefore, all sides agreed to follow the agenda as planned, covering the progress of the Afghan peace process, resuming Afghanistan Peace Negotiations, strengthening regional consensus in support of peace, and consolidating trilateral relations.
The outcomes of the meeting will be shared in the coming hours.
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar left for Istanbul-Turkey to attend Afghanistan - Turkey - Pakistan trilateral meeting this morning.
The meeting, due to be held tomorrow, will focus on the political settlement in Afghanistan, resuming peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, strengthening regional consensus for supporting peace, Turkey and Pakistan’s role in this regard, and consolidating trilateral relations.
At the sidelines of this meeting, Minister Atmar will also engage in bilateral meetings on strengthening political, economic, and security cooperation.
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Hanif Atmar spoke with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau about expanding bilateral cooperation and the Afghan peace process.
Minister Atmar congratulated Marc Garneau on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and praised the good and effective relations between the two countries during the tenure of former Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
Minister Atmar spoke about the latest developments in peace and postponement of the Istanbul Conference due to non-participation of the Taliban, and the efforts to strengthen regional consensus supporting the Afghan peace process. The Canadian Foreign Minister assured Mr. Atmar of Canada's comprehensive efforts to strengthen international and regional consensus supporting peace in Afghanistan.
The two sides exchanged views on dynamics of the International Coordination Group work and response to families of PS752 flight victims. They agreed on both countries' technical teams to work together for further coordination.
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the President of the Republic of Estonia H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid in the presidential palace (ARG).
The two sides discussed and exchanged views on the prospects of achieving a political settlement, and continuation of political, economic, and security cooperation, particularly after withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.
Minister Atmar praised Estonia’s sacrifices and continued support for Afghanistan within the framework of EU, NATO, and UNSC.
Underscoring the important role of Estonia as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in implementing the UNSC Resolution 2513, Minister Atmar stated that full realization of the resolution was crucial in securing ceasefire, success of the peace process, severing ties between the Taliban and terrorists, and maintaining the two decades’ joint achievements. The two sides discussed establishment of a mechanism for full and step-by-step implementation of UNSCR - 2513. They also assessed the prospects of continued bilateral and multilateral cooperation on combating terrorism and countering common threats.
Renewing her country’s commitments for cooperation with Afghanistan, the President of the Republic of Estonia stated that they will continue supporting Afghanistan in the new chapter of cooperation, but Afghanistan will be in the lead. H.E. Kaljulaid added that one of the main purposes of her visit was to assess future cooperation with Afghanistan.
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.