(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report
KABUL: The United Kingdom has hosted a meeting of Special
Envoys from Europe and the US in support of peace in Afghanistan, where Afghan
acting finance minister Mohammad Qayoumi who briefed them on the Afghan
government's economic program.
Gareth Bayley, the UK's Prime Minister's Special
Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, convened a meeting in London of
Special Envoys from the US and Europe to discuss peace in Afghanistan
Special Envoys of the United Kingdom, United States,
Germany, France, Italy, Norway and the European Union met in London on 23 April
2019, said Gov.UK in a statement on Wednesday.
Respectful of the sovereignty, independence and territorial
integrity of Afghanistan, participants discussed the Afghan people's desire for
a lasting peace. A comprehensive political settlement is the only solution. To
that end, participants reiterated their strong conviction that the future of
Afghanistan is for Afghans to decide.
'A return to practices from an earlier period that rolls
back progress will invite international isolation of Afghanistan. Participants
do not believe that the majority of the Afghan people desire that outcome, the
Underscored that there can be no sustainable peace without
an agreement between Afghans. This requires inclusive dialogue between the
Taliban, Afghan government, and other Afghans that leads to intra-Afghan
They reaffirmed that intra-Afghan negotiations should begin
as soon as possible, with the goal of reaching an agreement on a political
roadmap for Afghanistan's future.
They urged all sides to take immediate steps to reduce
violence and end the killing. 'The Afghan people deserve and want an end to
violence. Calls for more fighting will not advance peace efforts, and will
instead yield only more suffering and destruction.'
Stand with Afghanistan's security forces in the fight
against international terrorism, they called on the Taliban to cut ties to
Al-Qaeda, and other international terrorist groups, and to take concrete steps
to ensure Al Qaeda, Daesh and other international terrorists do not use Afghan
soil to threaten or attack any other country.
They also stressed the importance of fighting illegal drug
production and trafficking, and urge all sides to eliminate the drug threat in
Reaffirmed their commitment to provide long-term support for
implementation of any peace agreement that protects the rights of all Afghan
women, men, children and minorities, responds to the Afghans' strong desire to
sustain the economic, social, and development gains they have achieved since
2001, and is consistent with their counter terrorism interests.
At the end they encouraged all concerned countries to
support the Afghan people and contribute to a lasting peace settlement in the
interest of all.