KABUL: The Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and UNAMA’s head, Deborah Lyons, conferring on the latest peace developments.
A statement released by the MoFA read that both sides discussed peace progress and the resumption of negotiations on Tuesday.
In the meeting, the foreign minister expressed his serious concerns over the escalation of violence by the Taliban and targeted killings of journalists, human rights activists, including women.
Atmar highlighted that ensuring an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, protecting and promoting democratic values, including human rights, the rule of law and freedom of speech, and strengthening the civil society, are essential and are the Afghan government’s main priorities.
Meanwhile, Lyons briefed Atmar regarding the various programs being implemented in Afghanistan by different U.N. agencies and assured of the international body’s full support for the resumption of talks and return of peace.
Appreciating the U.N.‘s constructive role in Afghan peace progress, he underlined that UNAMA had practical development projects inside Afghanistan, as well as supporting the intra-Afghan talks.