UNAMA, NATO hail Afghan deal, urge unity in peace process

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the agreement reached between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, to resolve the political impasse and enable the leaders to address the grave challenges facing the country.

In a statement, the mission acknowledged that both sides had to make compromises to reach this important agreement. It is now hoped that the spirit of cooperation will continue, with all elements in government working together to strengthen progress in good governance, the rule of law, and anti-corruption, and to protect the rights of all citizens while continuing the advancement of Afghan women.

At this time, Afghanistan is best served by a representative government that can present a united front to tackle the nation’s most pressing issues, particularly the need to move forward on intra-Afghan negotiations, managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worsening humanitarian situation, as well as the ongoing conflict and security challenges, according to statement.

In line with its mandate, UNAMA said stands ready to help the Government and people of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday hailed the deal struck between Afghanistan’s political rivals and urged them to work in unison towards lasting peace.

“I welcome the decision taken by Afghanistan’s political leaders to resolve their differences and join efforts to form an inclusive government,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued Taliban violence against their fellow Afghans, it is more important than ever that all Afghan leaders unite and work towards enduring peace in Afghanistan,” Stoltenberg said.

“All parties should seize this unprecedented opportunity for peace.”

NATO ended combat operations in the country at the end of 2014, but still has a 16-000-strong mission to train, advise and support local forces.

 

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