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

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs is indebted to NATO for its cooperation and support to Afghanistan in the joint fight against international terrorism, help build and train the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces over the last two decades.

The continuation of NATO's non-military presence will open a new chapter of relations with Afghanistan. NATO affirms commitment to continue to stand with Afghanistan, its people, and its institutions in promoting security and upholding the hard-won gains of the last 20 years. The 2021 Heads of States Summit communique also affirms to continue to support the ongoing Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. 

While respecting NATO’s resolve to withdraw its forces and remaining grateful to the sacrifices of the NATO forces in the fight against terrorism over the last two decades, the Afghan government reminds all its NATO and other international partners that terrorism still remains a serious threat to the collective security of Afghanistan as a partner nation and all NATO members, and requires continued and strategic cooperation between Afghanistan and NATO to fight this phenomenon.

The Afghan government emphasizes the importance of NATO’s cooperation within the new chapter of Afghanistan’s relation to preserve and enhance the gains of Afghanistan including support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces; rights of women, children, and minorities; freedom of expression; rule of law; and joint fight against terrorism.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met the United Nations Secretary-General Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues Mr. Jean Arnault, this morning.

Minister Atmar congratulated Mr. Arnault on his new tenure as the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Afghanistan and Regional Issues and commended the UN co-operation and its effective role in support of the Afghan Peace Process.

Minister Atmar further elaborated on the Afghan government’s agenda for political and security affairs, and the peace talks, stressing the need for immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, and the importance of strengthening regional consensus to support the process.

Pleased with his new mission in Afghanistan and the region, Mr. Arnault highlighted the United Nations role in the Afghan Peace Process and added that intensified attacks and increased violence in Afghanistan were unacceptable for the UN and all those supporting peace in Afghanistan.

Emphasizing the importance of accelerated peace talks, Mr. Arnault called for an immediate ceasefire. He noted that continued violence in Afghanistan, delay in resumption of meaningful peace talks, and the Taliban’s disparity to an immediate ceasefire could compromise the success of the Peace Process.

Referring to UN Security Council Resolution 2513 and the Taliban's non-compliance with their commitments to sever ties with regional and international terrorist groups, Mr. Arnault expressed concern about the situation, calling it a spoiler to achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The two sides stressed the importance of strengthening regional consensus and unifying the perspectives of regional countries and organizations to achieve a political settlement, peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan.

They also assessed continued cooperation in the fight against terrorism and preserving of Afghanistan’s gains achieved in the last two decades.

KABUL - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes the commitment of the European Parliament to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, ensuring lasting peace in Afghanistan, and post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Emphasizing the need for a political settlement, the Afghan government remains committed to commencement of meaningful peace talks, leading to lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The resolution expresses concern regarding the alarming increase in violence by the Taliban and calls on the Taliban to cease their attacks on civilians and national forces. The Afghan government stands for peaceful settlement of disputes and advises the Taliban to adhere to Islamic values ​​and international humanitarian law.

The resolution emphasizes preservation of Afghanistan's gains over the last two decades, particularly the rights of women and girls. The Afghan government underscores preservation and strengthening of the Afghans’ gains over the last two decades, particularly the human rights, the rights of women, girls and children, and freedom of expression, and supports active role of women in Afghanistan’s political future.

The resolution also urges the European Council, the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission to prepare and present to the European Parliament, as soon as possible, a comprehensive strategy for future cooperation with Afghanistan. The Afghan government welcomes the continuation of Europe’s support and cooperation with Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces and stresses the consolidation and expansion of relations within the new chapter of cooperation with the world.

KABUL – The Afghan government welcomes all efforts leading to realization of righteous demands and will of the Afghan people and government to establish ceasefire and ensure lasting peace and stability in the country.

We welcome the Resolution explicitly advocating an end to violence and extremism, and emphasize the obligation of the Islamic scholars to persuade the Taliban to stop terrorist attacks, end bloodshed, and quit killing innocent civilians.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls on the Taliban; as the main cause of increased violence, viciously killing of students and civilians to respond, in light of the Quranic verses and Hadith, to the righteous demands of the Afghan people, Islamic scholars and the international community, and renounce violence by taking practical and tangible steps towards ceasefire and a political settlement.

Emphasizing the implementation of the provisions of the UN Security Council Resolution 2513, the Afghan government remains committed to continued necessary efforts to seek a political settlement, leading to meaningful negotiations and realization of the legitimate demands of the Afghan people to ensure lasting peace and stability in the Afghanistan.

KABUL – In an atrocious attack on a Demining Agency in Baghlan-e-Jadid district of Baghlan province, the Taliban martyred 10 of the agency’s workers and wounded 14 others.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns in the strongest terms the Taliban’s terrorist attack on civilians and workers of International Agencies, particularly the mine-clearing workers, and considers it against the Islamic and Human Values and unequivocal violation of the International Conventions.

This heinous act, vividly showing the Taliban's grim intentions for the security and safety of the lives and property of Afghan civilians, will prevent people in vulnerable areas from accessing humanitarian assistance and will restrict the work environment for humanitarian agencies.

We call on the International Community and Human Rights Organizations to stand with the government and people of Afghanistan in bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice and to stop the increasing crimes of the Taliban.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs is grateful to the HALO Trust for operating in Afghanistan over decades and clearing millions of landmines in hazardous areas.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolence, shares the grieves of families of the bereaved and pain of the wounded, and prays for the souls of the martyrs and wishes full and swift recovery for all those wounded.

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met this morning with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, which was also attended by the Charge d' Affaires of the US Embassy ​​Mr. Ross Wilson, issues related to the peace process, strengthening the regional consensus for lasting peace, and mutual opportunities for cooperation in the new chapter of US-Afghan relations following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces were discussed.

Considering the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan, both sides assessed the opportunities and challenges of bilateral cooperation. They elaborated on accelerating the peace process, economic cooperation, the fight against terrorism, and maintaining and strengthening the achievements of the last two decades.

Both sides termed strengthening trilateral and multilateral cooperation instrumental to ensuring peace and fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and the region.  They further emphasized that the restoration of peace in Afghanistan was a prerequisite for advancing regional economic cooperation and integration.

Appreciating the United States' full support for the Afghan peace process, and in particular Washington’s recent humanitarian assistance, Mr. Atmar spoke about the political will and plans of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to achieve lasting peace.

Mr. Khalilzad also assured Minister Atmar of the US continued support for peace and stability, the fight against terrorism, and regional connectivity as part of peace-building efforts in Afghanistan.

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has regretfully learned about the tragic loss of lives in a train collision in South Pakistan.

We convey our deepest sympathies to the families of the bereaved and to the government and people of Pakistan, and pray for the full and swift recovery of all those injured.

HERAT – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan discussed the importance of implementation of the Torghundi-Herat railway project within the framework of the two countries’ joint perspective on regional connectivity.

Considering the implementation of this project a good start for the implementation of related railway projects in Afghanistan, Foreign Ministers stressed the need for starting practical work on the project.

The two sides agreed to continue negotiations between the sectoral entities of the two countries on the acceleration of the project work as well as conducting practical and comprehensive studies in line with the international standards.

HERAT – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, discussed investment in Afghanistan’s marble exports to Turkmenistan.

The Afghan delegation provided comprehensive information to their Turkmen counterparts on the $200 Billion worth of various resources and rare stones in Afghanistan, and called the export of the stones significant in strengthening and expansion of trade between Kabul and Ashgabat, considering the regional countries, particularly Turkmenistan’s demand for marble.

Highlighting the construction projects for building new cities in Turkmenistan, the Turkmen delegation discussed their requirement for marble and expressed Turkmenistan’s full readiness to procure marble from Afghanistan.

The two sides emphasized the importance of marble supply and demand in the two countries’ trade expansion and agreed to sign an agreement on Afghanistan’s marble export to Turkmenistan.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar underscored the need for emergency health support, in a VTC with the Afghan Ambassadors and Consul Generals to the neighboring and regional countries, and Directors General of the Political Divisions in MoFA.

Minister Atmar instructed all Afghan diplomatic and consular missions and Directors of the Political Divisions to contact all host countries, international organizations, and foreign missions in Kabul and coordinate prompt supply of oxygen and other health services.

Minister Atmar highlighted that, the Afghan government and people are grateful to the friendly countries for supporting Afghanistan in the fight against Coronavirus so far, and expects that the neighboring and regional countries will continue their support to Afghanistan in the fight against the third wave of COVID-19.

Noting the requirements of the health services sector in Afghanistan, Minister Atmar said that Afghanistan needed Oxygen, machinery to produce Oxygen, tanker trucks, and cylinders to transport oxygen.

Minister Atmar tasked all Afghan diplomatic and Consulate missions in the neighboring countries and the region, and Directors of the Political Divisions to immediately take comprehensive measures, considering the health conditions and people’s needs, to gain support of the respective host countries and all foreign mission in Kabul for shipment of the Oxygen and health equipment.

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