Monday, October 20, 2014

Foreign Minister Rassoul Meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Foreign Minister Rassoul Meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul today met with the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon.  The meeting took place at the United Nations Headquarters, along the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

The two sides discussed Afghanistan and regional cooperation at length, focusing on recent parliamentary elections, the outcome of the Kabul Conference, Afghanistan’s reconciliation initiative and regional cooperation.

At the outset, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the holding of recent parliamentary elections, and praised the courage and determination of Afghans in going to polls, despite a difficult security situation.

On elections, Foreign Minister Rassoul noted that the recent elections “reaffirmed the enthusiasm and determination of the Afghan people to the democratic process.” He said that the final results of the polls would be announced in due time, following a review by the relevant legal channels, including the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).

Referring to the issue of reconciliation, Foreign Minister Rassoul informed the Secretary General of the establishment of the “High Peace Council,” which is mandated to monitor the implementation of the recommendations, adopted at the conclusion of the national consultative peace-jirgah. He also stressed that reconciliation was an option only for armed opposition who meet the stated pre-conditions: surrendering of arms, renunciation of violence and return to normal life.

Moreover, he also alluded to the establishment of the “Transition Committee,” which is working towards ensuring Afghanistan’s leadership and self-sufficiency in all affairs of state, including security, development and governance.

On regional cooperation, Foreign Minister Rassoul underscored an effective regional approach for solving the security problem in Afghanistan and the region.

Foreign Minister Rassoul also expressed Afghanistan’s appreciation for the continued support and assistance of the United Nations for lasting peace, security and stability in Afghanistan.

H.E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul’s Bilateral Meetings

Foreign Minister Rassoul Meets Australian Foreign Minister

Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan met with the Australian Foreign Minister.

Foreign Minister Rassoul and Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd met this morning at the UN Headquarters, along the sidelines of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed a number of issues, including the situation in Afghanistan; the fight against terrorism, Afghanistan-Australia bilateral relations; and regional cooperation.

Foreign Minister Rassoul and Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd met this morning at the UN Headquarters, along the sidelines of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Australian Foreign Minister expressed his government continued commitment to Afghanistan success, highlighting assistance in various areas, including training of the Afghan national army and police; and capacity building of Afghan civil servants, and construction educational facilities, clinics and health-centers.

Foreign Minister Rassoul thanked Foreign Minister Rudd for Australia’s contribution to the effort in improving security and advancing socio-economic development in Afghanistan.

Moreover, Foreign Minister Rassoul briefed Foreign Minister Rudd on the recent Afghan parliamentary elections; Afghanistan’s reconciliation initiative, and the national strategy for a successful transition towards self-sufficiency and self-reliance in the areas of security, development and governance.

On elections, Foreign Rassoul said the recent polls “illustrate the firm determination and enthusiasm of the Afghan people to the democratic process in their country.” In that regard, he said despite a difficult security situation, the elections were held successfully, and with the participation of all segments of Afghan society.

And on regional cooperation, the two-sides stressed the importance of Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral cooperation, and an effective regional strategy for defeating terrorism and achieving lasting peace in the country.
Foreign Minister Rassoul also reaffirmed Afghanistan’s commitment in meeting the outcomes of the London and Kabul Conferences.