Atmar, Potzel confer on obstacles facing Afghan peace process


KABUL: Acting Afghan Foreign Minister, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, on Saturday conferred on the challenges facing the progress in peace talks with Markus Potzel, the Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan.

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the two sides also discussed the high level of violence while calling for an immediate ceasefire to be observed between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

 “At the outset, Foreign Minister thanked the people and government of Germany for their continued support and commitment to Afghanistan over the past 19 years, particularly the crucial role that Germany has played in the Afghanistan peace process,” the statement read.

According to the statement, the sides also discussed the preparation for 2020 Conference on Afghanistan due to be held in Geneva on the 23-24 November.

“While emphasizing Germany’s support of the Afghanistan peace process and preservation of the democratic gains, including the Islamic Republic, Mr. Potzel said that his government is ready to participate and renew its commitment in the 2020 Conference on Afghanistan,” the statement noted.

Both sides have also stressed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

“Pretzel assured Minister Atmar of his country’s continued commitment and cooperation with Afghanistan,” the statement concluded.

This comes as there has been no significant progress made in the intra-Afghan talks that were launched on Sept. 12 in Doha of Qatar while the level of violence on the ground in Afghanistan has skyrocketed.