Statement by the Office of the Spokesperson and Directorate General of Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Regarding the Recent Remarks of the Pakistani Interior Minister about the TTP's Activities in Afghanistan
KABUL – The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is neither founded in Afghanistan nor operates on our soil. According to the national security policy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, this movement along with other terrorist groups is recognized as the enemy of peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region, and the Afghan government fights against this terrorist outfit like any other terrorist group without discrimination.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has consistently stressed upon implementation of UNSC resolutions and Doha agreement which calls on Taliban to cut ties with regional and international terrorist groups including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), The East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
In order to establish lasting peace in Afghanistan and to ensure stability and prosperity in the region, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls on all countries, especially Pakistan, to treat all terrorist outfits equally and without discrimination, and not allow these closely linked and organized groups to collude with each other to jeopardize the security and stability of our countries.
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs 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.
Minister Atmar congratulated the government and people of Iran on the successful presidential elections and the victory of H.E. Sayed Ebrahim Raisi, expressing gratitude to Iran for its comprehensive support to the Afghan peace process.
Referring to the growing importance of friendly and fraternal relations between Kabul and Tehran, Minister Atmar stressed the need to further strengthen and expand bilateral relations.
Minister Atmar also underscored the urgent need to strengthen regional consensus for the success of the peace process and called Iran's role in this regard important and valuable.
Iran’s special envoy assured Minister Atmar of his government's support to the peace process, stating that Tehran was ready to host the Afghan peace talks.
He added that Iran fully supported the Afghan government’s agenda for peace and all initiatives that contribute to the success of the Afghan Peace Process and preserve the Islamic Republic system.
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar assessed the situation in Afghanistan with the UN Security Council members in an open debate through VTC.
Members of the UN Security Council, including the representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Head of UNAMA condemned in the strongest terms the recent attacks on schools, demining staff, and innocent Afghan civilians underscoring that the rights of women, men, and children are not negotiable under any circumstances. They also reiterated that any regime that acquires power through force is not acceptable, and the international community does not support it.
The UN Security Council members also declared their support for the resumption of meaningful peace talks, leading to a ceasefire and lasting peace in Afghanistan.
The participants also assured of their support to the Afghan government including to the Afghan defense forces and preservation of the hard-won gains of Afghanistan over the last two decades.
Minister of Foreign Affairs explicitly specified the Taliban's commitments and enumerated their violation, citing the documented report by the UN Sanctions Monitoring Team. He added that the Taliban had increased violence against the Afghans, especially since the announcement by the United States and NATO of their troops’ withdrawal.
Minister Atmar also stated that the Taliban had not honored their commitment to cut ties with the international and regional terrorist groups, and had not engaged in serious peace negotiations for months now.
KABUL – Following the inter-parliamentary talks for inclusive peace, the Acting Minister of Women's Affairs; representatives of women members of the National Assembly, civil society; and human rights spoke to members of the German Parliament through VTC.
Welcoming the participants to the meeting, the Afghan Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Yama Yari called the inter-parliamentary dialogue important in strengthening peace and preserving Afghanistan's gains over the last two decades.
The Acting Minister of Women's Affairs Mrs. Hasina Safi; Chairwoman of the House Committee on Women and Human Rights Mrs. Nahid Farid; Chair of the Women's Parliamentary Group for Political Participation Mrs. Shinkai Karookhail and members of the group Mrs. Shukria Issakhel, Mrs. Ruqia Nayel, Shegofah Nourzi; and members of the High Council for Reconciliation as well as the human rights institutions expressed their concerns regarding the plight of the people, particularly of the Afghan women, and the possibility of losing the hard-gained human rights achievements of the past two decades. They called on the German parliament to support the Afghan people, particularly the Afghan security forces, who have always been at the forefront of the fight against international terrorism.
At the end of the meeting, Ms. Gabi Weber, Sabine Zimmermann, Leni Breymaier, Simon Schmiller, and other members of the German Parliament assured their Afghan counterparts of the German Bundestag’s continued support to the Afghan people, underscoring the importance of cooperation between the two countries’ parliaments.
KABUL – The newly appointed Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Kabul, Laurie Bristow, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar, this afternoon.
Appreciating the former British Ambassador Ms. Alison Blake’s efforts to strengthen and expand the Afghan-UK relations, Minister Atmar welcomed Mr. Bristow as the new British Ambassador to Afghanistan.
Minister Atmar expressed gratitude to the UK for its continued assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan and emphasized the significance of the continuation of bilateral and multilateral relations with Afghanistan to preserve the joint values and hard-won gains of the last two decades following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan.
Pleased with the commencement of his mission in Afghanistan, Mr. Bristow assured Minister Atmar of his comprehensive efforts to further strengthen relations between the two countries.
Mr. Bristow thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its cooperation with the UK embassy in Kabul and presented a copy of his credentials as the new British Ambassador to Afghanistan to Minister Atmar.
Adopted at the Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey
His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and His Excellency Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran held a Trilateral Meeting in Antalya, on 20 June 2021 at the margins of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.
On the occasion of the Trilateral Meeting, the three Foreign Ministers,
Reaffirmed their commitment to further enhance solidarity and cooperation among the peoples of the three countries based on deep-rooted historical, religious and cultural commonalities and shared values that will serve to strengthen peace, stability, prosperity and cooperation in the region,
Underlined their commitment to further expand cooperation particularly in the areas that would contribute to economic progress and sustainable development,
Expressed their willingness to enhance their cooperation on regional connectivity in the fields of transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, in this regard agreed to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding,
Underlined the importance of further strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations, transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and their precursors, and arms, human trafficking, crimes against cultural and historical heritage, cybercrimes and illegal migration,
Further expressed their determination to increase cooperation in people-to-people contacts, education, social and cultural exchange and tourism,
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,
Acknowledged the role of the regional and neighboring countries, in particular the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan, in hosting Afghan refugees and called for creating conducive conditions in Afghanistan for their voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation,
Agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of migration and urged international community to increase technical and financial assistance to 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,
Emphasized their commitment to support a sovereign, independent, democratic and unified Afghanistan,
Deplored the continuing high level of violence in Afghanistan and particularly condemned attacks targeting civilians,
Reiterated that a sustainable peace can be achieved only through an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process that aims a permanent and nationwide ceasefire as well as an inclusive political settlement,
Declared their ongoing support to the Afghan Peace Negotiations for the achievement of a just and durable political settlement,
Recognized the efforts of Turkey together with Qatar and the UN to hold a high-level meeting in Istanbul aimed at giving momentum to the ongoing Afghan Peace Negotiations and called on the Taliban to fulfill their commitment for ending violence, establishing immediate and permanent ceasefire and achieving an inclusive negotiated settlement leading to lasting peace in Afghanistan desired by the Afghan people, the region and the international community,
Called upon countries to refrain from applying unilateral economic sanctions as tools of political or economic pressure,
Reiterated the importance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and its full implementation by all sides for the security and economic welfare of the region and beyond,
Recognized the important role of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) as a platform for promoting economic cooperation between Afghanistan and other counties in the region and beyond,
Reiterated their commitment to cooperation and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and working with the spirit of cooperation, unity and solidarity to protect the health of all our citizens, and make efforts to ensure equitable access to the vaccine,
Welcomed any effort that could build confidence in our region, and in this framework encouraged constructive and result oriented dialogue among all countries in the region,
Agreed to hold the next meeting in Tehran on a date to be determined in due course.
His Excellency Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and His Excellency Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran conveyed their thanks to His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey and to the Government and brotherly people of Turkey for hosting the Trilateral Meeting.
H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
H.E. Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
H.E. Mr. Mohammad Haneef Atmar
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
KABUL – Statement by the Office of the Spokesperson and Directorate General of Communications - MoFA regarding the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan:
Given the sensitivity of the situation and the opportunities arisen to achieve a permanent peace in Afghanistan and the region, comments and statements that spoil this trend are not favorable to the Afghan Peace Process.
The Afghan government and the international community call on Pakistani government officials to utilize their influence and control over the Taliban to bring them back to the negotiating table for meaningful talks to end the war and bloodshed in Afghanistan, thus ensuring peace in Afghanistan would help eliminate global terrorism threat benefiting Pakistan and the international community.
Unrealistic and untrue statements will obstruct strengthening relations between the two countries.
Afghanistan is determined to discuss important and key issues with Pakistan through diplomatic channels.
ANTALYA - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar attended the Antalya Diplomatic Forum, inaugurated by H.E. the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Minister Atmar also met with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of the forum, to discuss the consolidation and expansion of bilateral relations, the Afghan Peace Process, strategic and economic-trade cooperation between the two countries, and convening the Afghanistan-Iran-Turkey trilateral meeting.
Over the next two days, Minister Atmar will meet separately with the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s regional and international partners to discuss issues related to Afghanistan and the region.
ANTALYA - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum in Turkey, to discuss the Afghan Peace Process, new chapter of cooperation between Afghanistan and the EU following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support Mission forces, and the fight against the third wave of the Coronavirus in Afghanistan.
Mr. Atmar expressed gratitude to the EU for its principled stance on the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and its emphasis to uphold the hard-won gains and values of Afghanistan over the last two decades, stressing the importance of the continuation of assistance and cooperation between Afghanistan and the European Union in the fields of security, defense, economy, and joint fight against terrorism and the Coronavirus to ensure a prosperous, peaceful and stable Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces.
Referring to the increased violence by the Taliban and the group's non-compliance with its commitments, Minister Atmar highlighted the Afghan government’s vision and roadmap for peace and a political settlement to help preserve the Republic values and gains of the last two decades.
The two sides also assessed the formation of a joint work group to finalize and sign an agreement on cooperation between Afghanistan and the EU, strengthen relations between the parliamentarians of the two sides, implement the Afghanistan-EU joint declaration on issues related to refugees, and continue financial, development and technical assistance of the EU and Afghanistan's international allies following the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.
Mr. Borrell reiterated the EU's strong commitment to uphold the gains of the last two decades and contribute to the Afghan Peace Process. He further noted that the European Union had played an important role in promoting democracy in Afghanistan over the last two decades and that it will continue to stand by the Afghan people in defending and preserving those gains in the future.
KABUL – The Taliban once again attacked the Polio workers in Nangarhar province, brutally killing four vaccinators and injuring five others.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns this terrorist attack in the strongest terms and considers it an explicit violation of Islamic and humanitarian values, and against the international conventions.
This heinous act impedes the Polio Programme, hindering it to reach every child in Afghanistan with Polio Vaccines.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again calls on the international community and organizations for human rights and crimes against humanity to stand with the Afghan people and government to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice and prevent further atrocities by the Taliban.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the bereaved and wishes full and swift recovery for all those wounded.