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The US-Taliban peace deal will act as a first step towards comprehensive and sustainable peace in Afghanistan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani has said.
“The agreement must unite all segments of the Afghan society to start building the future,” the FM said, adding that Qatar continued its mediation efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan, in accordance to the wise directions of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani.
The FM highlighted Qatar’s initiative in holding the intra-Afghan conference, saying it placed the first building block of an expanded societal dialogue between all Afghan parties. The FM said he looks forward to seeing this process yield a comprehensive and sustainable peace in the near future.
He discussed the sufferings of the Afghan people and the danger they have to go through as a result of threats of war and all its negative implications.
“Qatar appreciates the position taken by the US and Taliban during all phases of negotiations and dialogues hosted in Doha, and their commitment to transparency and facing all challenges in order to achieve peace and resolve their differences,” he added.
The FM praised the stopping of violence that started on Saturday in Afghanistan, stressing that it will save innocent lives and support peace and development efforts.
He stressed on Qatar’s firm belief in mediation as a main tool in achieving peace and resolving conflicts, which helped the country resolves many of the region’s crisis thanks to its credibility, transparency, and fairness.
“Qatar’s government and people were happy to have the peace agreement between the US and Taliban be signed on its land,” he said, adding that the agreement went through very long phases before ultimately being successful.
He said achieving the desired peace from this agreement, and building successful and fruitful relations between the two sides will require mutual understanding of each party’s concerns and a sincere desire to achieve the interest of all parties involved.
The FM pointed out that the meeting in Doha constitutes a message of support for the Afghan people to overcome this difficult stage, and is a tribute to the US, Taliban, and the Afghan government, and all the countries that have supported dialogue and negotiations between the two sides.
He looked forward to this agreement being an important turning point on the path of stability and prosperity for the Afghan people and achieving its goals in security, development and prosperity. He called on the international community to make more efforts to face any challenges facing the desired peace in Afghanistan.
The FM stressed that Qatar will spare no effort in cooperating with members of the international community in that regard.
He said Qatar is open for dialogue between all, stressing that it managed to overcome all obstacles that was facing the peace deal.
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01/03/2020
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