US, UNAMA, UK welcome land mark Govt-HIA peace agreement
KABUL (Pajhwok): US, UK and the United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have encouraged and welcomed peace agreement between Afghan government and Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan, led by Gulbadin Hikmatyar, statements from the diplomatic missions said on Thursday.
“We welcome today’s accord negotiated and concluded by the Government of Afghanistan and Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) as a step in bringing the conflict in Afghanistan to a peaceful end,” said a statement from the US embassy.
It added the US continued to support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that would result in armed groups ceasing violence, breaking ties with international terrorist groups, and accepting the Constitution, including protections for women and minorities.
UNAMA said it supported the efforts by Afghanistan’s National Unity Government to engage all those interested in establishing an equitable peace.
“This agreement demonstrates the preparedness of Afghanistan’s government to seek peace with armed anti-government elements. A credible peace process must remain owned and driven by Afghans,” according to the statement.
The UN welcomed agreements that would contribute to a lessening of violence in Afghanistan and allow Afghans to live in peace. “After decades of war in Afghanistan we welcome steps towards reconciliation, inclusive peace and a lasting end to the conflict.”
In a separate statement, the British diplomatic mission in Kabul welcomed the conclusion today of the peace agreement between the Government of Afghanistan and Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
“The British Embassy welcomes the conclusion today of the peace agreement between the Government of Afghanistan and Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Kabul,” read the statement.
The conclusion of this agreement marked a positive step and UK looked forward to its formal coming into force and full implementation, it said.
The UK supported the Government’s efforts towards a comprehensive Afghan-led peace settlement and called on all parties to support such endeavours to bring an end to the conflict and promote security, stability and prosperity for all Afghans.”
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