By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomed the commitment of the European Parliament to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, ensuring lasting peace in Afghanistan, and post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan.
“Emphasizing the need for a political settlement, the Afghan government remains committed to commencement of meaningful peace talks, leading to lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,” a statement from the MoFA said. The resolution expresses concern regarding the alarming increase in violence by the Taliban and calls on the Taliban to cease their attacks on civilians and national forces. The Afghan government stands for peaceful settlement of disputes and advises the Taliban to adhere to Islamic values and international humanitarian law. The resolution emphasizes preservation of Afghanistan’s gains over the last two decades, particularly the rights of women and girls. The Afghan government underscores preservation and strengthening of the Afghans’ gains over the last two decades, particularly the human rights, the rights of women, girls and children, and freedom of expression, and supports active role of women in Afghanistan’s political future. The resolution also urges the European Council, the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission to prepare and present to the European Parliament, as soon as possible, a comprehensive strategy for future cooperation with Afghanistan.
The Afghan government welcomes the continuation of Europe’s support and cooperation with Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces and stresses the consolidation and expansion of relations within the new chapter of cooperation with the world.