FM Atmar, Korean Counterpart Discuss Peace, Bilateral Relations

Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Kang Kyung-Wha.

The two Ministers discussed various issues of bilateral interest and the Afghan peace process, a MoFA statement said yesterday.

At the outset, Minister Atmar appreciated the Republic of Korea for its generous assistance in the last 20 years and its latest contributions at the Geneva Conference for Afghanistan, the statement added.

Foreign Minister Atmar, according to the statement, touched on the second round of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha, the importance of reducing violence and the need for a comprehensive ceasefire, and preserving the democratic gains of the past two decades.

Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha reiterated Korea’s support for the Afghan peace process in Afghanistan. She assured Minister Atmar of Korea’s supports for Afghan people’s aspirations to  protect human and women’s rights, and achieve a lasting peace, the statement further said.

Both Ministers discussed strengthening bilateral relations, trade, capacity building programs, and increasing Korea’s scholarships for Afghanistan. Both agreed to assign a technical team to assess the expansion of bilateral cooperation.

Korean Foreign Minister invited Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar to participate in an international peacekeeping ministerial conference which will be organized in Korea late this year. The Afghan Foreign Minister appreciated the initiative and accepted the invitation.

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