Afghan Embassy - New Delhi
Foreign Minister Meets Indian National Security Adviser
NEW DELHI - Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi. The two sides discussed the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and political, economic, and security cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, Mr. Atmar discussed the peace plan of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the success of Afghanistan peace negotiations. He said the plan would pave the way for a lasting peace based on the will of the Afghan people and strengthen Afghanistan's role as a bridge for connectivity and cooperation between regional countries and the international community.
The Foreign Minister added that the Islamic Republic was the only structure that could maintain equal participation of citizens for internal peace and cohesion and prevent the return of terrorist groups to Afghanistan needed for regional balance and stability.
Regarding the existence of terrorist groups and networks in the region, Mr. Atmar noted that the severance of ties between the Taliban and terrorist outfits was one of the group's commitments and a basic condition for the success of peace talks that can allow the return of the Taliban to political and civil life.
During the meeting, India's National Security Adviser stressed the need for continued strategic cooperation between India and Afghanistan and expressed his country's full support for the peace process, including the consolidation of regional and global consensus. Mr. Doval added that the unity among Afghans and consensus at regional and international levels were essential factors for achieving sustainable peace.
Foreign Minister Meets Former Indian Ambassadors to Kabul
NEW DELHI – The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with a number of former Indian ambassadors to Kabul to discuss the peace process and strengthening people-to-people ties between India and Afghanistan.
During the meeting, Mr. Atmar spoke about the outcomes of Extended Troika Peace Talks in Moscow and commended the growing regional and international efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.
Highlighting India's critical role in regional peace-building efforts and engagements, the Foreign Minister stressed that sustainable peace in Afghanistan could be achieved only through a political settlement emanating from the will of Afghans and broadly supported by regional countries and the international community.
Mr. Atmar also emphasized that preserving the last twenty years' achievements, especially pluralism, civil and political rights, and democratic structures, including elections, were the essential prerequisites for achieving a nationally accepted settlement leading to sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
Confirming Mr. Atmar's remarks, the former Indian ambassadors to Kabul noted that India, as one of the great supporters of Afghanistan's reconstruction and prosperity, has consistently emphasized preserving democratic values within the framework of a republic system in Afghanistan.
India Supports Peace Process and Achievements of Afghan people
NEW DELHI – Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, who is on an official visit to India, met Monday evening with his Indian counterpart, Mr. S. Jaishankar to discuss the expansion of bilateral relations, the strengthening of regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace talks, economic cooperation, and regional connectivity.
During the meeting, Mr. Atmar presented good wishes and messages of his excellency the Afghan President to the leadership of the friendly country of India, thanking and appreciating India’s approximately $ 3 billion in economic and development assistance to Afghanistan over the past two decades.
Speaking about India's recent commitments and cooperation, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the construction of the Shatoot Dam, the delivery of 500,000 doses of Corona Vaccine, and the sending of 75,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, the Indian Minister of External Affairs said that India, as a friend and partner of Afghanistan, would continue to support the reconstruction and developmental projects for the welfare and prosperity of Afghanistan people.
The two sides also discussed regional connectivity projects, including the development of railways from Central Asia to South Asia via Afghanistan, the expansion of the Chabahar port, and enhancing trade between the two countries, considering these projects important for strengthening economic cooperation and regional stability.
They agreed to form specialized working groups in various fields to strengthen economic and development cooperation and to follow up on the planned projects at technical levels.
In connection with the peace process, the two sides reviewed the Troika Peace Meeting in Moscow and assessed the final declaration of the meeting as positive for strengthening and advancing the peace process. India stated its readiness to participate in regional conferences on peace and development in Afghanistan, including the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process in Tajikistan and Peace Talks in Turkey, and stressed that New Delhi strongly supported the peace process and the achievements of the Afghan people over the last two decades.
Mr. Atmar emphasized India's role in the Afghan peace process and called for its enhanced role in strengthening regional and international consensus for the success of peace talks. The Indian Minister of External Affairs expressed readiness to help strengthen the regional and international consensus for peace in Afghanistan, saying that national consensus and unity within Afghanistan would further strengthen and contribute to the regional and international consensus.
Ambassador Mamundzay Meets Indian Chief of the Army Staff
NEW DELHI – H.E Farid Mamundzay, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India met with General Manoj Mukund Naravane, India’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) at the latter’s office this afternoon. They discussed bilateral defense cooperation particularly capacity building and India’s medical support to Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. (ANDSF).
During the meeting, they also touched upon the issue of US complete troops pull out from Afghanistan and exchanged views on other issue of mutual interest. Ambassador Mamundzay thanked India for its steadfast support to ANDSF and added that ANDSF requires timely support of India to further build professional, capable and self-sustaining security forces. General Naravane assured Ambassador Mamundzay of continuation of his country’s support.
New Afghan Ambassador Presents His Credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind
NEW DELHI – The new ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India, Mr. Farid Mamundzay today in a virtual ceremony presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of India, H.E. Ram Nath Kovind.
President Kovind warmly welcomed Ambassador Mamundzay and wished him a successful tenure in India. The President alluded to close ties between India and Afghanistan, saying that cordial relationship between the two countries derived its strength from people to people contact. He called Afghanistan an important strategic partner and a valued neighbor and underlined the two countries common objective for peace and prosperity, highlighting that the two nations fought colonialism in the past together and combating terrorism at present.
Ambassador Mamundzay conveyed warm greetings and best wishes from President of Afghanistan to the President of India. Ambassador Mamundzay in his remarks noted that the two countries have shared common history, tradition, values and a common vision for the emergence of a stable, more secure and prosperous region. He hoped for joint efforts by India and Afghanistan on issues related to regional peace and stability.
Further, Ambassador Mamundzay thanked India for its generous contributions especially for the half million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that India has assisted to Afghanistan recently. Additionally, Mr. Mamundzay affirmed his commitment to take Indo-Afghan bilateral relations to new heights.