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Kabul welcomes EU support for Afghanistan peace

Kabul welcomes EU support for Afghanistan peace

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May 30, 2020 - 17:04

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The government has welcomed the European Union’s political commitment to supporting the peace process and Afghanistaninfo-icon self-reliance.

On Friday, the Council of European Union (EU) adopted conclusions reaffirming the bloc’s political commitment to support the Afghans on their path towards peace and prosperity.

The EU said it would condition its future political and financial support to ensure the republican, democratic and values-based principles were protected and promoted.

The conclusions also reiterated the EU's support for a negotiated political settlement leading to lasting peace and reconciliation, which must build on the democratic and human rights achievements of the past 19 years.

In its conclusions, the Council called on the Talibaninfo-icon to build trust and confidence allowing the prompt start of intra-Afghan negotiations on the basis of the sufficient numbers of prisoners already released.

The Afghan government welcomed the decision of EU’s support for peace and Afghanistan development, said the Presidential Palace in a statement.

The statement said the government praised EU’s continued support for Afghanistan, especially in areas of strengthening democracy, human rights, sustainable development and womeninfo-icon’s rights.

“The Afghan government believes that the strategic ties between Afghanistan and EU will continue to strengthen common values and combat common threats,” the statement cited.

In reaction, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they welcomed EU’s support for peace in Afghanistan but some points in its statement were against the independence of Afghanistan.

In a statement, Mujahid said: “Foreign-imposed systems have always caused destruction and conflict and that’s unacceptable to Afghans.”

“We have repeatedly affirmed out commitment not to interfere in others’ affairs. The foreigners should also observe international principles and avoid meddling and trying to make the Afghan issue complicated.”

Mujahid added based on the Taliban-US peace pact, American allies would also refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

The Afghans themselves would take a decision on their country’s future system during intra-Afghan talks, the Taliban spokesman asserted.

He said the militant group hoped that all sides would stick to their promises and avoid meddling so that the peace process was unharmed.

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