Sunday 19 September 2021
 Kabul Local Time
28 Sunbula 1400, 09:06 AM

KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Kabul Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan this afternoon, and lodged a strong protest over the abduction of the daughter of Afghanistan's Ambassador to Islamabad.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Mr. Khan to convey the strong protest and deep concerns of the Government of Afghanistan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Pakistan about this grave incident. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explicitly called on the Pakistani government to take immediate action to identify and punish the perpetrators of this crime and ensure the full security and immunity of Afghan diplomats and their families in accordance with international conventions.

Ms. Silsila Alikhil was abducted for several hours in Islamabad on Friday, the 16th of July, and was released after being tortured.

KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan states with deep regret that on July 16, 2021, the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Ms. Silsila Alikhil, was abducted for several hours and severely tortured by unknown individuals on her way home.

After being released from the kidnappers' captivity, Ms. Alikhil is under medical care at the hospital.

The MoFA strongly condemns this heinous act and expresses its deep concern over the safety and security of diplomats, their families, and staff members of the Afghan political and consular missions in Pakistan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Government of Pakistan to take immediate necessary actions to ensure full security of the Afghan Embassy and Consulates as well as the immunity of the country's diplomats and their families in accordance with international treaties and conventions.

While the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs is following the matter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, we urge the Pakistani government to identify and prosecute the perpetrators at the soonest possible time.

KABUL – With deep regret, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has learned about the tragic loss of lives due to devastating floods in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar offers his heartfelt condolences to his German Counterpart Mr. Heiko Maas, the families and friends of the victims, and the government and people of Germany.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends.

We, the Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States,

advocating Afghanistan's emergence as an independent, neutral, unified, peaceful, democratic and prosperous state,

Aware that achieving peace and stability in that country is a major factor in ensuring security in the SCO region,

Convinced of the need to continue to assist the Afghan people in their efforts to rebuild their country and return to the path of peace and national harmony,

We declare as follows:

As friendly neighbors and important partners of Afghanistan, the SCO Member States are interested in making the country peaceful, stable and prosperous, and reaffirm their respect for the traditions and culture of all peoples inhabiting Afghanistan.

In accordance with generally recognized principles and norms of international law, especially the UN Charter, SCO Member States reaffirm their respect for Afghanistan's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. They intend to assist Afghanistan in becoming a country free of terrorism, war and drugs.

We condemn the ongoing violence and terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, whose victims are civilians and representatives of State authorities, and call for their early cessation. We note that the activity of international terrorist organizations remains a key factor of instability in that country. We are deeply concerned by the growing tension in Afghanistan's Northern Provinces caused by the increased concentration of various terrorist, separatist and extremist groups. We consider it important to step up joint efforts by SCO Member States to counter terrorism, separatism and extremism.

We urge all parties involved in the conflict in Afghanistan to refrain from the use of force and actions that could lead to destabilization and unpredictable consequences in areas along Afghanistan's borders with SCO Member States.

The SCO Member States confirm their readiness to further develop cooperation with Afghanistan in combating security challenges and threats in the region, above all terrorism and drug-related crime in all their forms and manifestations, and to jointly confront "double standards" in addressing these tasks.

The SCO Member States, commend the many years of hospitality and effective assistance provided by regional and neighboring countries of Afghanistan to Afghan refugees and consider the active efforts of the international community important to facilitate their dignified, safe and sustainable return to their homeland.

We believe that one of the most important factors in preserving and strengthening security and stability in the SCO region is the speedy resolution of the situation in Afghanistan. In that regard, we stress the need for the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to step up their efforts to restore peace, develop the country's economy and confront terrorism, extremism and drug-related crime. We reaffirm the position of SCO Member States that there is no alternative to settling the conflict in Afghanistan through political dialogue and an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

We call for increased cooperation of all interested states and international organizations under the central coordinating role of the UN for the stabilization and development of this country. In this context, we note the activities of the UN Mission to Afghanistan and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, as well as the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.

We welcome the international community's diplomatic support for the peace process in Afghanistan, including through the inter-Afghan peace talks in Doha, the expanded Troika, the Moscow consultation format and the Tashkent Process. We note the outcome of the ministerial meeting of the "Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process" initiative (March 29-30, 2021, in Dushanbe).

Respecting the Afghan people's autonomous choice of their own path to development, we are convinced that the intra-Afghan negotiation process must take into account the interests of all ethnic groups represented in the country.

We attach great importance to joint work within the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group. We consider it necessary to consistently implement the Roadmap for further actions of the SCO Contact Group adopted on 14 June 2019 in Bishkek, in order to strengthen stability in the region and develop relations between the SCO Member States and Afghanistan.

We confirm the readiness of our countries to further deepen cooperation with Afghanistan in the fields of politics, security, economy and humanitarian interaction, including through the fullest realization of the potential of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's participation in the status of an Observer State in the SCO.

Dushanbe, July 14, 2021

Representatives of the United States, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity.

The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional-connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing.

Recognizing the historic opportunity to open flourishing international trade routes, the parties intend to cooperate to expand trade, build transit links and strengthen business-to-business ties. The parties agreed to meet in the coming months to determine the modalities of this cooperation with mutual consensus.

KABUL – 16 July 16, 2021

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly welcomes the EU parliament statement on 6th EU-Afghanistan Inter-parliamentary Meeting to support the Afghan Women. The statement states that “members fully support the requests from Afghan women to be more involved in the negotiations on the part of the Afghan Government, and in general, in the political life of the country.”

The Afghan government remains strongly committed to empowering women and their active participation in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and Afghanistan’s political future.

We also commend EU Parliament Members stance on urging Pakistan “to convince the Taliban to enter meaningful peace negotiations.”

The Afghan government calls on all regional and international partners to exert necessary pressure on the Taliban to return to the negotiating table to reach a political settlement and end the decades-long bloodshed in Afghanistan.

DUSHANBE - The fourth meeting of the Afghanistan-Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contact Group was held this afternoon in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with the participation of eight members of the SCO and Afghanistan.

The issues discussed in the meeting were focused on Afghanistan's membership in SCO, the roadmap for the organization’s cooperation with Afghanistan in three areas: (1) security, (2) economic, (3) cultural-humanitarian, and the situation in Afghanistan and its effects on regional stability and development.

Minister Atmar highlighted the Taliban’s violation of Doha agreement, calling the group's escalating violence in collusion with foreign fighters, regional and international terrorist networks a major threat to regional stability and development.

Minister Atmar reiterated the commitment of the Afghan Government to a political settlement, resuming meaningful negotiations to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the people and the Government of Afghanistan to preserve the achievements of the last two decades, including the state and lasting peace in the Afghanistan.

Referring to the excessive threat posed by terrorist groups alongside the Taliban in the region, the Foreign Minister stressed the need to jointly fight against this threat. He went on to say that ensuring lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, was a viable solution to the menace of terrorism, extremism, and restoration of stability in the region.

Minister Atmar also expressed the demands of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in three areas. First, given the unprecedented violence perpetrated by the Taliban in collusion with terrorist outfits, it is imperative that all countries maintain their consensus to end the bloodshed, find a political solution, and ensure peace in Afghanistan. Second, call on the Taliban to implement the provisions of the Doha Agreement, the UN Security Council Resolution 2513, and the Declaration of the Moscow Extended Troika. Third, to overcome the common threat of terrorism, SCO member states need to provide immediate security assistance to Afghanistan.

The foreign ministers of eight members of the SCO  emphasized the need to resolve Afghanistan’s crisis through political means, take practical steps to cooperate with Afghanistan, prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for terrorists, and provide economic and humanitarian cooperation with Afghanistan.

DUSHANBE – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar, on the sidelines of the fourth meeting of the Afghanistan Contact Group within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to discuss strengthening regional cooperation for the success of the Afghan Peace Process, Pakistan’s practical engagement on the joint fight against terrorism, and ensuring lasting peace and stability in the Afghanistan and the region.

 Minister Atmar elaborated on the latest political and security developments in Afghanistan, calling the consolidation of regional cooperation along with the international community support to Afghanistan of vital significance to the success of the peace process.

Mr. Atmar termed the presence of foreign fighters and regional and international terrorist networks alongside the Taliban a major threat to the region and the world and emphasized practical cooperation between regional countries, particularly Pakistan in closing shelters and ceasing funding sources of the Taliban, and encouraging the group to resume meaningful talks and find a political solution to the success of the Afghan peace process.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister described Afghanistan's instability as regional instability and assured Minister Atmar of Pakistan’s continued support to a stable Afghanistan.

He also stressed the importance of reducing violence and establishing ceasefire in Afghanistan and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to working to persuade the Taliban to negotiate and find a political settlement.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, heading a high-level delegation, left for Tajikistan this morning to attend the Fourth Meeting of the Afghanistan Contact Group within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization framework.

The Foreign Ministers meeting will be held on July 13 -14 with the participation of eight member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Afghanistan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The meeting is aimed at discussing Afghanistan's membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SCO's cooperation with Afghanistan in the joint fight against terrorism and extremism, and the security situation in Afghanistan and its repercussions on regional stability and prosperity.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the British Ambassador to Kabul Sir Laurie Bristow to discuss strengthening bilateral relations and the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Afghanistan.

Recalling the sacrifices made by Afghanistan and the UK to attain the common achievements over the last two decades, particularly the rights of women, children, minorities, and freedom of expression, the British Ambassador assured Minister Atmar of the UK’s continued support to uphold and strengthen the hard-won gains within the new chapter of relations between Afghanistan and the world.

Referring to the escalation of violence by the Taliban, the Foreign Minister termed the role of the UK as important and valuable in strengthening international and regional consensus for the success of the Afghan Peace Process and the continuation of international cooperation to reinforce and equip the Afghan armed forces following the withdrawal of the resolute support forces.

The British ambassador called for provision of legal facilitation for a number of British troops to remain in Afghanistan to ensure the security of the British embassy and diplomats.

Minister Atmar and the British Ambassador, while expressing concern over the spread of the new wave of the Coronavirus in Afghanistan, emphasized the need to provide health services to areas under the Taliban control.

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