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Abdullah, Johnson confer on peace bid, elections

Abdullah, Johnson confer on peace bid, elections

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Jun 08, 2018 - 09:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Kabul and London have stressed the need for building trust between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon in support of lasting peace in the war-torn country.

During his meeting with Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson renewed the UK’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan.

A statement from Johnson’s office said the secretary called for a sustainable Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process with the Talibaninfo-icon.

They also conferred on President Ghani’s announcement of a temporary ceasefire over Eidul Fitr and the progress that had been made in Afghanistan since 2001.

It added the two sides talked about the headway made in the fields of human rights and girls’ educationinfo-icon, while acknowledging that challenges remained.

The upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Afghanistan also came up for discussion. Abdullah raised his concerns about the impact on Afghanistan of US sanctions on Iran.

“Finally, the foreign secretary urged Afghanistan to attend the special conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention taking place on 26-27 June…”

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