Kabul working for regional consensus on peace: Atmar
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar has said Afghanistan would not rely on a singly mechanism or a single country for it peace process, but has started work on achieving regional consensus on the matter, his office said on Wednesday.
Atmar, after his successful talks with Indian officials, left New Delhi for Brussels on Tuesday and delivered a speech at a security and political meeting with European Union officials and discussed with them Afghanistan’s current situation and future issues, National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Tawab Ghorzang told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The EU political and security committee praised the Afghan national unity government’s achievements and struggle for reforms and anti-corruption, calling Afghanistan a good UE allay, Ghorzang said.
They also shared their concerns and questions with Atmar regarding the peace process, the migration of Afghans to Europe, national and political reconciliation of the country, he said, adding that Atmar assured the EU community of the unity government’s efforts at strengthening of its foundations and the national and political reconciliation.
Atmar told the meeting that the Afghan government was committed to achieving peace but would attend peace talks only when the people of Afghanistan were assured that the enemies had shunned terrorist activities, he said.
“The Afghan government is working on multilateral programmes and will not depend on a single mechanism or a country,” he quoted Atmar as saying.
Ghorzang said the EU representatives assured of their continued assistance with Afghanistan beyond 2016.
The meetings with Atmar would involve NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, ambassadors from the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and NATO’s military and civilian officials, Ghorzang said.
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