The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar in a telephone conversation with the European Commissioner for International Partnerships Ms. Jutta Urpilainen discussed the latest development in the peace talks.
The two sides discussed EU’s pledge of financial aid during the Afghanistan 2020 conference held in Geneva and Afghanistan’s commitment for accountability. They also discussed the situation of Afghan refugees in EU member states and further strengthening cooperation in this regard.
“Ms. Urpilainen assured Mr. Atmar of the European Union’s firm support to the continuation and success of the Afghan peace process,” Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Ms. Urpilainen reaffirmed EU’s long-term support to peace and stability in Afghanistan with an emphasis on immediate ceasefire,” he added.
The foreign minister appreciated the EU’s support of Afghanistan’s peace process and thanked the Commissioner for the EU’s observers’ work at Doha and the union’s support for the need for the preservation of the last two decades’ gains in the Afghan peace talks.
“Ensuring an immediate ceasefire, a lasting peace settlement and bringing an end to the targeted assassination of political and social activists in the country were the key priorities of the Afghan government which should be taken into account during the second round of the talks in Qatar,” Atmar noted.
Calling the EU, a trusted and reliable partner in mobilizing regional and international support and consensus around the Afghan peace process, the FM appreciated EU’s support in building consensus for peace talks in Afghanistan.