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Sunday 19 September 2021
 Kabul Local Time
28 Sunbula 1400, 09:38 AM

KABUL – Women representatives of the National Assembly spoke with a group of influential members of the U.S. Congress via video conference Thursday evening.

The meeting was attended by Acting Minister of Women's Affairs Hasina Safi, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Women and Human Rights Nahid Farid, Member of Parliament Shinkai Karukhil, and Zohra Ahmadzai Deputy Chairman of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council and Advisor to the First Lady.

On the U.S. side, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mr. Adam Smith and U.S. Senators Mr. Lindsey Graham, Young Kim, Steve Chabot, Andy Kim, and Michael Waltz attended the dialogue.

Afghan women representatives discussed the latest political and security developments, including the peace talks, and shared with the U.S. congresspeople and senators their concerns about the consequences of the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces.

The U.S. Senators and congresspeople appreciated the exchange of views with their Afghan counterparts and stressed the need to preserve the achievements of Afghanistan over the past two decades. They considered the active participation of women in peace talks and Afghanistan's future as an inalienable right of Afghan women. They underscored the women's significant role in ensuring lasting peace in the country.

Members of the U.S. Congress also pledged to share the concerns raised with their counterparts in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the U.S. Government and continue to support and help Afghanistan preserve the achievements of the next two decades.

Afghan parliamentarians termed the withdrawal of forces and continued cooperation with Afghanistan's security forces the best opportunity to defend Afghanistan independently. They called on U.S. representatives to pay attention to the views of the Afghan people and support women, men, and the younger generation.

Referring to the democratic developments and the emergence of a highly educated young generation in the country, members of Afghanistan's parliament emphasized the legitimate will and aspirations of the Afghan people not to return to the dark days of the Taliban regime.

They termed the escalation of violence, the continuation of targeted killings, the Taliban's continued links with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations a clear violation of the Doha Agreement, and the group's unwillingness to seek a political solution. Women parliamentarians called on their U.S. counterparts to cooperate on persuading the Taliban and their regional supporters to accept an immediate and permanent cease-fire in the country.

KABUL  – A delegation led by the Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar left for the Hague, The Netherlands, to hold talks with the International Criminal Court prosecutor.

Justice Minister Mr. Fazil Ahmad Manawi, Acting Attorney General Mr. Zabihullah Kalim, and a number of senior government officials and judiciary and security experts will accompany Minister Atmar.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) operates under the Rome Statute, and Afghanistan has been a member of the Tribunal since 2003. The International Criminal Court shall use its complementary jurisdiction to assist the Member States in dealing with international crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

The ICC seeks to exercise its jurisdiction to pursue investigation and prosecution when and if member States lack the will or ability to address such crimes.

Based on the principle of complementarity jurisdiction and at the request of war victims and human rights organizations, the ICC has gathered complaints on alleged commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the last years of imposed war in Afghanistan, and demands practical and direct investigation thereof.

In accordance with its international obligations, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has already submitted its performance report to the Tribunal on investigating and prosecuting all relevant cases, and intends during this visit to furnish further assurances to the ICC on Afghanistan’s willingness and action plan to address the alleged international crimes.

In order to address crimes committed in the country following Afghanistan’s accession to the ICC and to prevent such crimes from happening in the future, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will seek assistance and support from the Office of the ICC Prosecutor. The request [for assistance] will be made based on the principle of the country’s judicial independence and provisions of the Rome Statute.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan seeks to strengthen the existing peace process and ensure immediate and permanent ceasefire, by securing ICC’s cooperation with Afghanistan’s judiciary organs in addressing crimes and preventing them from happening in the future. To this end, the two sides will discuss the mechanisms for deferral of investigations to the Afghan judiciary organs, and establishing technical and capacity building cooperation.

KABUL – Following up the series of inter-parliamentary discussions between women members of the Afghan National Assembly and parliamentarians of other countries, members of the Afghan parliament held talks through VTC with Senator Jeanne Shaheen of the United States.

During the meeting, Acting Minister of Women's Affairs Mrs. Hasina Safi, Chair of the House Committee on Women's affairs and Human Rights Mrs. Nahid Farid, member of the parliament Mrs. Shinkai Karookhail, and Afghan Women's Network Executive Director Mrs. Mary Akrami discussed their concerns over the consequences of the withdrawal of Resolute Support Forces from Afghanistan. They called on the United States Senate, particularly Ms. Shaheen, to continue their support and cooperation for Afghan women's practical and meaningful presence in the peace talks and the political future of Afghanistan.

Concurring with the concerns of Afghan women, Senator Shaheen called the agreement of former President Trump's Administration with the Taliban a mistake and promised to work with her colleagues in the U.S. Senate to fully support the achievements and active participation of the Afghan women in the peace talks and the future of Afghanistan.

KABUL – The United Nations Security Council issued a press statement in response to the recent car bomb attack in Logar province that martyred and injured scores of our fasting civilians. Condemning the perpetrators of this terrorist attack, the Security Council offered its condolences to the Government of Afghanistan and the families of the victims of this brutal attack and called on the governments of member states to cooperate in the fight against terrorism with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

In the statement, the UN Security Council expressed its grave concern over the continuing violence, the killing of civilians, and insecurity in Afghanistan, and called for an end to the violence and a ceasefire.

 While denouncing all forms of terrorism as a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council called for bringing to justice the perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of the terrorist attacks. In line with international rules and Security Council resolutions, the Council calls on all countries to cooperate actively with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.

In support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Council stressed the need for all States to join hands in the fight against all terrorist threats which jeopardizes international security and peace, taking into account the UN Charter and international rules, including human rights law, international immigration law, and international humanitarian law.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commends the UN Security Council's stance against this barbaric attack and its support for the Afghan people in their fight against terrorism and emphasizes the need for an immediate ceasefire that paves the way for meaningful negotiations and the establishment of lasting peace in Afghanistan.

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a telephone conversation this afternoon with the British Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and United Nations, Lord Tariq Ahmad.

The two sides discussed the peace process, the continuation of cooperation between the two countries following the withdrawal of Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan, and also exchanged views on efforts to maintain a regional consensus in support of peace talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.

Pleased with the recovery of the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Coronavirus, Lord Ahmed strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack in Logar province that killed and injured dozens of defenseless citizens during the holy month of Ramadan. He expressed his condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan and the families of the victims and those injured in the bloody incident.

Appreciating Lord Ahmed's condolences and sympathies for the government and people of Afghanistan and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack, Mr. Atmar said that that ensuring stability and the success of the peace process were important priorities of the Afghan government. He expressed hope that Britain would continue to support the Afghan government and people after the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from the country.

At the end of the telephone conversation, Lord Tariq Ahmad emphasized the continuation of British cooperation with the government and people of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces from the country. He also said that reduction of violence and establishment of a ceasefire and regional consensus in support of peace talks were necessary for the success of the peace process and ensuring stability in Afghanistan.

KABUL - Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Mirwais Nab, met with Qatar's Ambassador in Kabul, Saeed bin Mubarak Al-Khayarin Al-Hajar to discuss the peace process, consolidate regional cooperation in the post-withdrawal period of the Resolute Support Mission and expand bilateral relations.

Given the announcement of the withdrawal of the Resolute Support Mission's forces from Afghanistan, the Deputy Foreign Minister appreciated the Qatari government's hosting of the Afghan peace talks and spoke of the beginning of a new chapter in the international community's cooperation with Afghanistan.

Mr. Nab described the strengthening of constructive cooperation between the two countries as vital to regional peace and prosperity while stressing expanding bilateral collaboration.

The Qatari Ambassador praised the Afghan government's comprehensive efforts to achieve lasting peace through a political solution and reassured the Deputy Foreign Minister of his country's continued support for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Both sides highlighted the importance of expanding relations further and emphasized implementing economic, trade, and educational projects between the two countries.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar returned home after attending Afghanistan - Turkey - Pakistan trilateral meeting and recovering from Covid.

Minister Atmar returned home this morning after his health examination was reassuring and test result for COVID-19 came negative in Turkey. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expresses its immense gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey for the warm hospitality, and the Turkish health officials for their precious services during Minister Atmar’s treatment in Turkey.

On 27 April 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China, Acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali of Nepal, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka held a video conference on joint response to COVID-19, and exchanged views on international and regional cooperation on pandemic response and post-COVID economic recovery.

The Foreign Ministers noted with satisfaction the concerted and productive efforts made by their countries since the start of COVID-19 to combat the virus and promote economic recovery in the spirit of overcoming challenges through cooperation and mutual assistance.

The Foreign Ministers pointed out that COVID-19 is a common enemy of humankind, and that countries should step up solidarity and cooperation to win the final victory over it. China expressed its readiness to provide continued medical supplies and technical assistance to participating countries to the best of its ability. Chinese initiative was appreciated.

The Foreign Ministers reiterated their firm support to WHO’s due role in the global cooperation against COVID-19 and acknowledged that tracing the origin of the virus is a matter of science and a global mission. The Foreign Ministers expressed opposition to politicizing the issue. The participating countries will strengthen cooperation to track COVID-19 mutation closely.

The Foreign Ministers agreed that vaccines, as a key weapon to defeat COVID-19, should be distributed in accordance with the principle of equity and justice. The Foreign Ministers expressed that “vaccine nationalism” will hinder the global efforts to defeat COVID-19 and underscored the need to avoid the “immunity gap”. The Foreign Ministers appreciated China’s efforts in addressing this challenge. China would act on President Xi Jinping’s important statement on making the vaccines a global public good, and carry out continued vaccine cooperation with the participating countries in a flexible manner, including co-production of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Foreign Ministers recognized the serious impact of COVID-19 on the global economy and its complex implications for the sustainable development of all countries. The Foreign Ministers agreed to deepen Belt and Road cooperation, open their borders under the premise of pandemic prevention and control for smooth trade, keep the industrial and supply chains stable and secure, and give a stronger boost to economic recovery and the improvement of people’s lives. China agreed to support the participating countries to overcome the impact of COVID-19 on their economies through enhanced level of economic cooperation and collaboration.

The Foreign Ministers stressed the importance to strengthen cooperation in poverty reduction, food security and other non-traditional security fields to protect the livelihood of people with special attention to the most vulnerable groups. To facilitate personnel exchanges against the backdrop of COVID-19, the Foreign Ministers agreed to discuss the possibility of mutual recognition of digital “health codes”.

To push forward practical cooperation in relevant fields, China announced its decision to establish a China-South Asian Countries Emergency Supplies Reserve, set up a China-South Asian Countries Poverty Alleviation and Cooperative Development Center, and hold a China-South Asian Countries E-commerce Cooperation Forum on Poverty Alleviation in Rural Areas. The other participating countries expressed support. The Foreign Ministers agreed to make these mechanisms inclusive, transparent, sustainable and demand-driven.

The Foreign Ministers agreed to closely follow the development of COVID-19 situation in India, and expressed their willingness to provide needed support through respective channels in consultation with India.

The Foreign Ministers agreed to maintain the momentum of cooperation among the six countries, hold consultations at the Foreign Minister, Vice Foreign Minister/Secretary and Director General levels, expand cooperation areas and lend impetus to future cooperation. In addition, in a spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, the six countries welcomed active participation of other countries in the region.

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab spoke with Mohammad Sadiq Khan, Pakistan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, and his accompanying delegation to strengthen bilateral cooperation and the Afghan peace process.

Shedding light on the new chapter of security, political, and development cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community, the Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister also spoke about the developments in the Afghan peace process and the need to expand bilateral cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad to establish peace in Afghanistan and enhance economic cooperation in the region.

Emphasizing the results of the recent meeting of the Foreign Ministries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey, Pakistan's Special Representative for Afghanistan assured Mr. Nab of his country's support for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The two sides also discussed the continuation of bilateral economic cooperation, especially ways of revising the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit and Trade Agreement (APTTA) and making the best use of the capacity and structures contained in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) and utilizing the trade, investment and economic opportunities between the two countries.

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab chaired the steering committee meeting on the implementation of Afghanistan and the United Nations joint action plan for children affected by armed conflicts this morning at the Storai Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was attended by deputy ministers and representatives from stakeholder departments of the committee.

Deputy Minister Nab called the finalization of the 9th report important and valuable for fulfilling the Afghan government’s commitments towards the United Nations. Noticing the practical initiatives and steps, he emphasized fulfilling the Afghan government’s commitment to preventing underage enrollment in the national defense forces.

After assessing the views and recommendations of the participants, the steering committee urged the relevant entities to expedite sharing their recommendations with MoFA to finalize the report and submit it to the United Nations and relevant organizations.

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