By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah separately met with German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Economic Development, Martin Jager, here late on Sunday evening.
In a meeting held at the presidential palace which was also attended by German Ambassador and special envoy for Afghanistan, President Ghani praised Germany’s military and financial supports to Afghanistan, calling it sign of friendship and sincere relations between the two countries, the statement from presidential press office said.
The president said government peace plan was to bring national and international consensus for the process, adding the process should be led and owned by Afghans.
“It is important to have ceasefire before starting the negotiations and reaching a durable peace in the country,” the president said, thanking Germany’s support of the peace process.
The President said government peace plan was focusing regional connectivity, trade and transit and turning Afghanistan once again as crossroad of the Asia, the statement added.
Confirming President’s views, German minister said his country would remain beside Afghanistan and would ease cooperation in areas of economic development and security.
The German state secretary said his country would continue supporting of Afghanistan in different areas of military and economic development, according to the statement.
Hinting to recent 72 million Euro donation of Germany to Afghanistan, Martin Jager said there were no changes seen in his country’s cooperation with Afghanistan.
Meanwhile German special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel said peace and supporting of the process were of immense important for Germany, hoping Afghan government’s efforts for peace bring about positive results, the statement quoted him as saying.
Praising Afghan government peace plan, the German envoy said practical phases should be taken to start the peace process. He also praised Afghan forces role in security of the presidential election, adding the election was transparently held and use of the technology helped transparency of the process.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met with German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Martin Jager at the Sapidar Palace on Sunday, a statement from CE Press office said yesterday.
Welcoming new German donation for Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah praised the country’s military and financial support, adding peace was the main priority for the Afghan people.
Dr. Abdullah said they were waiting for the results of the presidential election and emphasized on transparency in the process.
Meanwhile, the German Minister assured of his country’s full cooperation with Afghanistan, the statement added.