Afghanistan’s FM hails EU stance on Afghan-led peace process

Afghanistan's FM hails EU stance on Afghan-led peace process

Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar (BAKHTAR)

Kabul (UNA-OIC) – Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar, at a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel, has commended the European Union’s principled stance on the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Atmar also praised the EU’s emphasis on preserving Afghanistan’s hard-won gains over the last two decades, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (MoFA) said in a statement on Saturday.

The two sides discussed the new chapter of cooperation between Afghanistan and the EU following the withdrawal of foreign forces and the fight against the third wave of the coronavirus.

The foreign minister underlined the importance of continued assistance from the EU to Afghanistan in the fields of security, defense, economy and the joint fight against terrorism.

About the rising violence by the Taliban and the group’s non-compliance with its commitments, Atmar highlighted the government’s vision and roadmap for peace and a political settlement to the conflict.

Borrell reiterated the EU’s strong commitment to upholding the gains of the last two decades and contributing to the Afghan peace process. He noted the EU had played an important role in promoting democracy in Afghanistan over the last two decades and that it would continue to stand by the Afghan people in preserving those gains.

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