Statement on US-Europe Joint Communiqué of 22 Sep 2022


Statement of the Diplomatic Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the Joint Communique of the US-Europe Group on Afghanistan of 22 September 2022

The Diplomatic Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcome the Joint Communique of the US-Europe Group on Afghanistan of 22 September 2022. 

The statement signified increased recognition of the legitimate and long-standing concerns of the people of Afghanistan about violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights treaties and conventions by the Taliban and their lack of ability and willingness to deliver any notable progress on a set of core issues – including respect for the rights of all Afghans, especially women, girls and minority groups, meeting the humanitarian and economic needs of the people, severing ties with international terrorist groups and accepting truly inclusive and representative governance, as desired and demanded by the people of Afghanistan. 

We are pleased that the statement also contains adequate reference to specific measures which are needed to be taken at the international level in support of the rights, dignity and above all, the free will of the people of Afghanistan in relation to their future destiny.  

We note with satisfaction the degree of increased international recognition of the fact that the conflict in Afghanistan remains un-resolved; that the need for a credible and inclusive national dialogue leading to constitutional order with a representative and accountable government chosen through a credible process which ensures the active participation of the all eligible citizens of Afghanistan is ever more imperative; and that without a comprehensive political settlement leading to a new, inclusive and representative government, the risk of continued conflict will increase. 

We also welcome the emphasis afforded to enhanced measures for increased and improved delivery of international assistance to address the grave humanitarian and economic challenges facing the people of Afghanistan, including by ensuring that all humanitarian staff have unimpeded access to all parts of Afghanistan where assistance is needed and to be provided. 

We stand hopeful that the spirit of the Joint Communique will mark the start of more focused and effective international engagement to achieve the noble goal of a truly peaceful, inclusive. stable and prosperous Afghanistan where the rights, honor and dignity of all citizens of our proud nation are ensured and upheld. 

We once again thank the international community for its continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan, especially at this most crucial juncture in our nation’s history.

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