KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar held a telephonic conversation with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde on Monday.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Atmar thanked the Swedish government for its assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan over the past 19 years and supporting the Afghan peace process.
Emphasizing her government’s support for the Afghan peace process, the Swedish Foreign Minister also referred to her country’s development projects in Afghanistan over the past two decades.
Ms. Linde discussed the effective role of the Swedish Committee in implementing development projects funded by the Government of Sweden in Afghanistan.
Acknowledging the Swedish Foreign Minister’s remarks, Atmar thanked the Swedish Government for its financial assistance over the past two decades and talked about the importance of Sweden’s role in the Geneva Pledging Conference on Afghanistan, which will be held next month.
Referring to the existing mutual accountability framework, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs acknowledged that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to fulfilling its obligations in the fight against corruption, the statement said.
Linde voiced her government’s strong support for upholding democratic values, human rights, women’s participation and the rule of law in Afghanistan. She also expressed concern over the raging violence and raised the need for establishment of a ceasefire.
Stressing on his Swedish counterpart’s concerns, Atmar discussed the recent developments in the peace talks. He reiterated that the end state of peace talks must ensure that the hard-won achievements of the last 19 years were preserved and that Afghanistan did not turn into a safe haven for terrorists and drug producers, triggering another wave of migration of Afghans to Europe and beyond.
Referring to recent statement of the EU countries, the Swedish Foreign Minister renewed her government’s support and commitment to the Afghan peace process and the preservation of the achievements in Afghanistan.