Experts Discuss Strengthening Peace Through Pluralism in Afghanistan

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Ottawa- June 18, 2021

A virtual expert meeting titled "Strengthening Peace Through Pluralism," was hosted by the Afghan State Ministry for Peace and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Ottawa, in collaboration with the Global Centre for Pluralism this morning.

H.E. Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, State Minister for Peace of Afghanistan delivered the keynote address followed by opening remarks by H.E. Hassan Soroosh, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Canada, H.E. Reid Sirrs, Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan and a comprehensive briefing by Ms. Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary-General of the Global Centre for Pluralism and Mr. Chris Thornton, Senior Advisor for the Center on how pluralism can contribute to the Afghan Peace Process.
 
H.E. Saoud Abdulla Al-Mahmoud, Ambassador of Qatar to Canada also made brief remarks reaffirming the State of Qatar’s continued commitment to peace and development in Afghanistan.
 
The speakers discussed diversity and inclusion in the context of the Afghan peace process and how it can contribute to sustainable peace in the country. Speakers described inclusion as a critical element and a guiding principle in both peace making and peace building efforts and stressed the importance of meaningful participation of all stakeholder groups including women and minorities in the peace process.
 
The Afghan speakers thanked Canada and other international partners for their principled position in support of an inclusive peace process and long-term partnership with Afghanistan. They also highlighted the courage and commitment of the people and government of Afghanistan in taking the peace process forward. The speakers also highlighted the importance of continued conversation, research and exchange of experiences with a view to help deepen understanding of pluralism and its applications in the peace process.
 
Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi from the Embassy of Afghanistan and Ms. Jayne Barlow from the Global Center for Pluralism moderated the program.
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