Kabul (BNA) The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar received the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA, Deborah Lyons late on Tuesday.
The two sides discussed the latest developments with regards to the Afghan peace process and the resumption of negotiations between the Afghan government delegation and the Taliban in Doha, according to a MoFA statement.
The Foreign Minister expressed serious concerns over the escalation of violence by the Taliban and the rising number of civilian casualties through targeted killing of journalists and human rights activists, including women, in different regions of Afghanistan.
Minister Atmar, as quoted in the statement, noted that ensuring an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, protecting and promoting democratic values including human rights, rule of law, and freedom of speech, and strengthening the civil society were the main priorities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan amid the ongoing peace process.
Lyons briefed the Afghan Foreign Minister on the programs being implemented in Afghanistan by various UN agencies, assuring FM Atmar of UNAMA’s full support for the resumption of talks and restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
FM Atmar expressed his appreciation for the constructive role the UN and its related organizations, especially UNAMA, had been playing in running development projects inside Afghanistan and in supporting and enhancing the Afghan peace process at regional and international levels.