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Sunday 19 September 2021
 Kabul Local Time
28 Sunbula 1400, 10:09 AM

KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has learned through media about the Taliban delegation's visit to Turkmenistan.

The Taliban delegation is traveling to the regional countries at a time when the group's brutal attacks in recent months have killed more than 3,500 people, displaced more than 200,000 of our compatriots, disrupted public order and life, and economic activities in tens of districts.

Commending all efforts to strengthen the Afghan peace process, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that bringing an end to the war in the country is possible only through a political settlement that emanates from genuine peace talks.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, while appreciating support of its regional and international partners to the Afghan peace process, expects that these efforts are made in direct consultation with the Afghan Government and concentrated on strengthening regional and international consensus to establish permanent ceasefire, severing the Taliban’s ties with regional terrorists and end the war in Afghanistan.

KABUL - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Chargé d' Affaires of the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul Carsten Carlsen to discuss provision of legal facilitation for the continuation of Norwegian cooperation with Afghanistan and the expansion of bilateral relations.

Mr. Carlsen spoke about the continuation of Norway’s support and cooperation within the framework of Afghanistan’s new chapter of cooperation and assured Minister Atmar of the continuation of Norwegian support to Afghanistan in preserving the achievements of the last twenty years and the success of the Afghan Peace Process. The Charge d'Affaires of the Norwegian Embassy presented to Minister Atmar the written remarks of the Norwegian Foreign Minister regarding the presence and functioning of the Norwegian Military Hospital at the Hamid Karzai International Airport and called for legal facilitation to continue the hospital's services in Afghanistan.

Minister Atmar expressed his appreciation for Norway's support and cooperation with Afghanistan over the last 20 years and called for the continuation of Norwegian cooperation with Kabul to maintain common achievements.

Referring to the security agreement between Afghanistan and NATO, Minister Atmar underscored the commitment of the Afghan Government to provide necessary legal facilitation to continue the international community’s collaboration, particularly the cooperation of Norway with Afghanistan in different areas.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Kabul Ross Wilson to discuss bilateral relations, regional cooperation, and the Afghan peace process.

Referring to the recent visit of the Afghan High Level Delegation to the United States of America, Minister Atmar expressed gratitude to the United States for its continued support and cooperation following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan.

Minister Atmar also spoke about the recent developments in the Afghan peace process and the political and security situation in the country. Referring to the recent developments he called the US support for strengthening regional consensus valuable and important for the success of the process. Considering the outcomes of his talks with the US State Department during his recent visit to Washington, Minister Atmar emphasized the importance of continuing bilateral consultations and consolidating the foundations of political dialogue.

The Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy reaffirmed his country's commitment to continue support the Afghan peace process, preservation, and enhancement of Afghanistan's achievements over the last two decades.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar spoke today with his German counterpart Heiko Maas to discuss security situation, continuation of international assistance, and the prospect of peace in Afghanistan.

Mr. Atmar commended Germany's assistance and sacrifices in Afghanistan over the past 20 years and called continuation of partners’ support vital to preserving the state and the achievements of the last 20 years.

The two foreign ministers spoke in detail about the unprecedented increase in violence, reinforcing the Afghan Air Force, role of the regional countries particularly Pakistan in the success of the peace process, and containing the spread of terrorism threat.

The two sides agreed to collaborate with Afghanistan‘s other international partners to expand and strengthen regional consensus for peace as well as enhance the capacity of the Afghan Air Force.

The German Foreign Minister said that Afghanistan was of great importance to the German government and parliament. He stated that Afghanistan was not alone in the current difficult times and that Germany would stand by the government and people of Afghanistan. Mr. Maas reaffirmed that they would do their utmost to help preserve all the hard-won gains of the last 20 years in coordination with the European Union and other global partners.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with key regional partners of Afghanistan and assessed the escalation of violence by the Taliban, destruction of public property and infrastructure, the issue of IDPs, and the new chapter in Afghanistan's relations with the world.

Referring to the Taliban's non-compliance with the provisions of the Doha Peace Agreement and the UN Resolution 2513, Minister Atmar called on Afghanistan's regional partners to exert pressure on the Taliban to renounce violence and killings and resume meaningful peace talks.

Minister Atmar went on to say that the Taliban so far had not cut ties with foreign fighters and international terrorist groups, calling it a potential threat to the regional stability and an opportunity for the terrorist networks to strengthen their foundations. Minister Atmar added that given this huge threat, joint fight and practical cooperation between countries against terrorist groups has become of vital need.

Minister Atmar also elaborated on the new chapter in Afghanistan's relations with the world post to RSM forces withdrawal, emphasizing continued support of the international partners to the people and government of Afghanistan and to preserve the hard-won gains of the last two decades, particularly the rights of women, girls, and children, freedom of expression, and rights of the minorities.

Commiserating for the high level of violence and killings, the ambassadors of the regional countries assured the Afghan Foreign Minister of their support to the government and people of Afghanistan, while maintaining and strengthening the achievements of the last two decades following the withdrawal of the RSM forces.

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan commends the goodwill of the Russian Federation for a peaceful resolution of Afghanistan’s crisis through constructive peace negotiations.

Although not a direct party to the Doha Peace Agreement, the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has fulfilled all obligations, including the release of more than 6000 Taliban prisoners.

The government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has always emphasized peaceful settlement of conflict and is committed to meaningful peace talks leading to a comprehensive ceasefire and lasting peace in Afghanistan.

However, as the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan almost completed, the Taliban have intensified their attacks.

While appreciating regional and international support to our gains over the last two decades under the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, we call for establishment of an international committee to monitor the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2513.

The monitoring of the committee will clearly affirm that the Taliban, while not fulfilling their commitments to peace, have escalated violence to a level that even threatens the security and stability of the region.

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has regretfully learned that two Afghan nationals were detained in connection with the murder of a 13 years old girl in Austria.

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna will fully cooperate with the relevant authorities to proceed the investigation process.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the Austrian government and family of the victim, and emphasizes empathy and solidarity between the people of the two countries.

The Consular staff of the Afghan Embassy in Vienna are working closely with the Austrian government officials to identify the suspects and provide necessary legal assistance to Afghan nationals.

KABUL – Following the interparliamentary meetings between women members of the Afghan parliament and parliaments of other countries of the world, the second meeting between Afghanistan and Canada was held through VTC.

The meeting was attended by Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Canada Hassan Soroush, Acting Minister of Women's Affairs Hasina Safi, Deputy State Minister for Peace Dr. Alema, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Women and Human Rights, Civil Society and Women's Affairs Nahid Farid,  and Chair of the women's parliamentary group Shinkai Karokhail.

Also, members of Wolesi Jirga Maryam Sama, Habibeh Danesh, Akbari, and Rahimah Jami, Director General of Human Rights and Women's Affairs at the MoFA Frozan Nawabi, and Director of Afghan Women's Network Mary Akrami were among the participants of the meeting.

Expressing concern over the increasing threat posed by extremist and terrorist groups in the country, the Afghan parliamentarians called for continued support and cooperation of Canada, and stressed the need to preserve and strengthen Afghanistan's gains over the last two decades, particularly the women's and children's rights.

Representatives of Canada, Minister of Women's Affairs Maryam Monsef; Minister of Seniors citizens of Canada Deb Schulte,  Member of the Senate and Co-Chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Friendship Committee Senator Salma Attaullahjan, Co-Chairs of the Canada-Afghanistan Friendship Group Francesco Sorbara, and members of the Canadian House of Commons Robert Kitchen and Yasmin Ratansi stated that Canada believed in women's empowerment and fully supported the preservation and strengthening of Afghan women’s hard-gained achievements over the last two decades.

They also emphasized the active role of women in the Afghan peace talks as well advocacy for and follow up of the ongoing pursuit of the legitimate demands of the Afghan women.

KABUL - Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Ham Sang Wook, this afternoon.

Expressing gratitude to the generous assistance of Korea in political, economic, educational, and cultural arenas over the last two decades, Minister Atmar noted that the continuation of those assistance were of vital significance to preserve common values and hard-won gains of the last twenty years, following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan.

Highlighting the importance of the first political consultations meeting between the two countries, Minister Atmar and the Korean Deputy Foreign Minister exchanged views on the follow-up of the pledged actions in the meeting.

The Korean Deputy Minister assured Minister Atmar of Korea’s support to the Afghan Peace Process and ensuring lasting peace in Afghanistan, while upholding the human rights gains over the last two decades.

Minister Atmar and the Korean Deputy Foreign Minister also discussed ways to further cooperate and coordinate efforts in the United Nations and other international organizations.

KABUL - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian, this afternoon.

Mr. Taherian briefed Minister Atmar on the outcomes of his recent visit to Pakistan.

Referring to the importance of regional consensus and strengthening relations between the three countries, he proposed a trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan.

Underscoring the need to further strengthen friendly relations between Kabul and Tehran, Minister Atmar noted that consolidating and expanding bilateral and multilateral relations were of vital importance.

Minister Atmar acknowledged in principle the proposed trilateral meeting and states that the holding of the meeting was instrumental for strengthening regional consensus for the success of peace process.

Given the importance of practical cooperation between the two countries, Minister Atmar underscored convening of the sixth Joint Economic Commission meeting between Afghanistan and Iran.

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