Kabul: Sending across a strong message, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met the chairman of the High Council For National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul on Thursday and also met with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad and both the meetings had only one agenda- the Afghan peace process.
Highlighting the importance of international aid for Afghanistan, the German FM in Kabul stated that even after the troop withdrawal, Germany will continue to support the war-ravaged country in all other fields and said that if Taliban protects the advances made by the country in the fields of education, human and women rights, then international aid will continue.
Abdullah’s office stated that the German FM communicated Chancellor Merkel’s message that Germany will stand by the people of Afghanistan and “shall continue its support in different fields including to the ANDSF”.
“We consider Germany as a strategic and reliable partner of Afghanistan and appreciate its contribution to the peace process. We also underlined the importance of a unified position within the republic in support of peace as well as preserving our gains,” Abdullah said.
The German foreign ministry tweeted that during the meeting with President Ghani and Abdullah, Maas said, “We will continue to support Afghanistan. A lot of progress has been made in the country from life expectancy to the issue of girls being able to go to school. This is also the result of the engagement of the Bundeswehr which has ensured greater security. The military mission is ending, but we are continuing our engagement in all other fields of cooperation.”
Meanwhile, in Islamabad, Qureshi said that all stakeholders in Afghanistan must engage constructively for a comprehensive political solution to the Afghan peace process, when he met Mass.
Mass and Qureshi discussed how a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will be possible due to constant support of Pakistan and stated that withdrawal of troops is a must for political settlement to arise. He said that all efforts must be made for reduction of violence leading to ceasefire in Afghanistan. He said that peace in Afghanistan is vital for regional trade and security.
The Afghan peace talks has finally seen some momentum on Thursday after the Istanbul Summit had been indefinitely postponed.