Ottawa- July 15, 2021
Ambassador Hassan Soroosh met virtually this afternoon with Mr. Paul Thoppil, Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia-Pacific and Mr. David Hartman, Director General of South Asia Bureau, Global Affairs Canada. They discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and various aspects of bilateral cooperation.
Ambassador Soroosh spoke about a massive and brutal campaign of violence waged by the Taliban with support from foreign terrorist groups against the government and people of Afghanistan; high number of civilian casualties including among women and children; violation of human rights; a dire humanitarian situation and significant damages to the properties and infrastructure caused by the Taliban. Ambassador Soroosh further spoke about the commitment and capabilities of Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), the need for a regional and international consensus on the threat of terrorism and the importance of continued support to ANDSF in this context. Ambassador Soroosh also spoke about the recent developments in the context of the peace process as well as the COVID-19 situation and the relevant priorities and challenges in Afghanistan.
Expressing concern over the recent escalation of violence in Afghanistan, Assistant Deputy Minister Thoppil spoke about Canada's continued robust support to peace and development in Afghanistan. He also highlighted Canada’s support to COVID-19 response efforts at an international level including in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratitude for Canada’s continued commitment and support to development and peace efforts in Afghanistan.
Mr. Azim Wardak, Counselor of the Embassy and Ms. Kelly Whitty, Deputy Director – Political/Trade, Afghanistan Program, Global Affairs Canada also attended this virtual meeting.