FM Atmar, Canadian counterpart confer on Afghan peace process

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KABUL: Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar discussed the second phase of peace negotiations in Doha with the Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada François-Philippe Champagne on Friday night via a telephone conversation. 
A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlined that both sides conferred on a wide range of issues, including the resumption of Afghanistan peace negotiations, the need to reduce violence, and a comprehensive ceasefire while preserving the democratic gains of the last 19 years. 
Meanwhile, the counterparts stressed the need to preserve the country’s hard-won democratic and human rights achievements over the last two decades. 
While expressing gratitude, Foreign Minister Champagne reiterated his country’s support for Afghan peace and promotion of essential values, including human rights, women’s rights, the rule of law, and democracy.
According to the statement, Atmar also emphasized that preserving human rights and women’s rights, strengthening the rule of law and democratic institutions, and respecting the Afghan people’s free will are the fundamental conditions for long-lasting peace in Afghanistan.