By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar virtually attended special meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building in Asia, CICA, on COVID-19 and regional issues hosted by Kazakhstan, who also assumed the rotating chairmanship of CICA from Tajikistan, a MoFA statement said yesterday.
In their deliberations, Foreign Ministers expressed their gratitude to Tajikistan for chairing CICA for the year 2018 to 2020. They congratulated and welcomed the new CICA Chairmanship under the abled leadership of Kazakhstan, and the transition from Dushanbe to Nur-sultan, the statement said.
In addition to discussing recent developments in the region, Foreign Ministers also commended the start of the Afghan Peace Negotiations (APN), and the importance of regional consensus for the success of this important process. Participants also discussed COVID-19 and its impacts on national economies and regional cooperation. All participants stressed the need for comprehensive cooperation in addressing COVID-19, and emphasized the need to share experiences and knowledge with one another.
The Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan extended his gratitude to all countries for their cooperation with Afghanistan over the past 19 years, including actively supporting the Afghan Peace Process. Minister Atmar called on all the participating states to continue their efforts for achieving a comprehensive humanitarian ceasefire and reduction of violence, based on the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions, in order to provide medical services to all those affected by the COVID-19 throughout Afghanistan. He particularly appreciated the assistance extended to Afghanistan during the COVID-19, including keep the trade and supply chains open and flowing to Afghanistan, according to the statement
During the meeting, all countries expressed their strong support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, and stressed the need to further strengthening cooperation with Afghanistan in all areas.