By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received on Monday the Finnish Foreign Minister here at the presidential palace, where both sides discussed bilateral ties and preparation for the upcoming Geneva Conference.
The Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto expressed his condolences over recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and said the bloodshed in the war-torn country must end. He said the international community besides its emphases over the protection of the past 19 years achievements would further stress on the empowerment of women rights, children rights and democracy in Afghanistan, the presidential press office statement added.
Haavisto also assured President Ghani of his country’s future contribution in the development projects in Afghanistan. He also said that the international community in upcoming Geneva Conference would reaffirm its strong financial and political support for the Afghan government and people.
President Ghani hailed multi-dimensional support from the world community and added: “We have strong determination to protect the achievements and developments of the past 19 years.”
He said the Taliban should hear the voices of the people of Afghanistan and international community and reconcile. He reaffirmed government’s commitment to peace and stability in the country, according to the statement.
“We are ready to talk with the international community in Geneva Conference on market, peace and state building. In addition, the government would brief the world on its successes in the areas of economic development and self-reliance,” the president said, as quoted in the statement.