By: Lailuma Noori
European Union has reminded the Taliban group that EU member countries will support an Afghanistan with protection of all values of the republic system.
Afghanistan Presidential Palace has said that the issue has been discussed in a call between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission.
In the phone call, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell has assured of EU continued support to the protection and strengthening of all values of the republic which is an independent, democratic and unified Afghanistan.
The High Representative/Vice-President stressed that the EU’s readiness to remain engaged and to fulfill its political commitments towards the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security, stability and self-reliance.
In the phone call, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has praised the EU for its position in supporting of Afghanistan peace process, values of the republic and countrywide ceasefire.
The High Representative/Vice-President and President Ghani also discussed the security situation in Afghanistan. The High Representative recalled that the still unacceptably high level of violence in Afghanistan contradicts the spirit of a meaningful peace process and renewed his call to the parties to accompany the start of the peace talks with an immediate, comprehensive, nationwide and unconditional ceasefire.
Afghan political experts believe that EU is stressing on protection of the 19 – year achievements in peace talks with the Taliban group. They say that in case of establishment of a hardline government in which human rights and values of the republic are not protects, EU won’t work and cooperate with such a government in future.
Peace is the best option for Afghanistan, but its success needs a background subject to domestic consensus involved in Afghanistan dispute. Not only Afghanistan but the whole region and world will benefit from lasting peace and development when Afghanistan government and Taliban reach a comprehensive peace agreement.
Peace, stability, regional security, democracy, rule of law, human rights, economic development and empowerment of Afghan women are considered as key principles of the EU strategies for Afghanistan. Previously, issues as rule of law, development of rural areas, counter corruption, prevention of money laundry, counter terrorism and fighting organized crimes and drugs are a range of issues discussed between EU and Afghanistan government.
After the fall of Taliban regime in 2001, EU along with US has been one of top donors for Afghanistan. EU member countries have dispatched thousands of troops for the maintaining of security and development to Afghanistan since 2001.
It is worth mentioning that international community has promised to provide more than $3 billion to Afghanistan till end of 2020. After the US, Japan and Germany by providing 430 million euro are the third top countries providing assistance to Afghanistan in the past 19 years.