Atmar Welcomes EU Stance on Afghan-led Peace Negotiations


KABUL: Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the Afghan Foreign Minister, has welcomed the European Union’s coherent view on the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Atmar during a meeting with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, thanked the union for supporting protection of past gains in Afghanistan.

Following the withdrawal of foreign forces, the two parties discussed a new chapter of collaboration between Afghanistan and the EU, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The foreign minister stressed on the importance of the European Union continued support to Afghanistan in the areas of security, defense, economy, and counter-terrorism efforts.

Atmar also talked about increased violence from Taliban and the group’s violation from its commitments, and highlighted the government’s vision and roadmap for peace and a political settlement to the ongoing conflict.

Borrell reiterated EU’s strong commitment to upholding the gains of the last two decades and contributing to the Afghan peace process.

Over the last two decades, the EU has played a significant role in advancing democracy in Afghanistan, and it will continue to do so. He praised the Afghan people for their commitment to preserve those accomplishments.