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FM Atmar, US delegation discuss new chapter of cooperation post troops withdrawal

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met yesterday morning with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and his accompanying delegation, a MoFA statement said.

During the meeting, which was also attended by the Charge d’ Affaires of the US Embassy Ross Wilson, issues related to the peace process, strengthening the regional consensus for lasting peace, and mutual opportunities for cooperation in the new chapter of US-Afghan relations following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces were discussed, the statement added.

Considering the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan, both sides assessed the opportunities and challenges of bilateral cooperation. They elaborated on accelerating the peace process, economic cooperation, the fight against terrorism, and maintaining and strengthening the achievements of the last two decades, the statement further said.

Both sides, as quoted in the statement, termed strengthening trilateral and multilateral cooperation instrumental to ensuring peace and fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and the region.  They further emphasized that the restoration of peace in Afghanistan was a prerequisite for advancing regional economic cooperation and integration.

Appreciating the United States’ full support for the Afghan peace process, and in particular Washington’s recent humanitarian assistance, FM Atmar spoke about the political will and plans of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to achieve lasting peace.

Khalilzad also assured Minister Atmar of the US continued support for peace and stability, the fight against terrorism, and regional connectivity as part of peace-building efforts in Afghanistan.

 

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