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No setback in women’s rights and freedom in Afghanistan: Indonesian FM

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with Indonesian foreign affairs minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi at Presidential Palace.
In the meeting, President Ghani briefed the Indonesian foreign affairs minister related to recent developments regarding peace process, saying that signing the peace deal between US and Taliban was a key step towards reaching peace in the country.
Stressing on regional consensus for peace in Afghanistan, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani praised Indonesia for its role in creating an environment for cooperation and coordination in the region, adding that terrorism was still a threat for the region and Taliban should cut their ties with terrorist groups.
“We’re starting talks with an armed group and we hope Taliban say yes to people’s demand to end violence in the country,” President Ghani said, adding that they never want war.
In the meeting, the Indonesian foreign affairs minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi said that her visit to Afghanistan was showing her country’s support to Afghanistan peace process, stressing on role of ulama and women in the process as Indonesia has started coordination between ulamas of regional countries for maintaining peace in Afghanistan. “I sent a strong message in Doha yesterday that Indonesia does not want to see any set back in women’s rights and freedom in Afghanistan, and you have allies that they are supporting you and stand with you,” the Indonesian foreign affairs minister said, adding that Indonesia with its clear message to all the people of Afghanistan will continue its support from the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.
At the end of the meeting, President Ghani conferred state medal of Malalai on Indonesia foreign affairs minister for her efforts towards expansion and consolidation of friendly relations between Afghanistan and Indonesia.

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