Ottawa- October 29, 2020
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa co-hosted a virtual conversation on the Afghan peace process and the 2020 Geneva Conference on Afghanistan. The event was attended by high-level officials from the Global Affairs Canada, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism as well as ambassadors and diplomats from Qatar, Germany, Norway, Finland, France, Indonesia and Uzbekistan.
Speakers included Ambassador Hassan Soroosh and Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Diplomatic Representative of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and the AKDN in Canada as co-moderators of the event; H.E. Paul Thoppil, Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia-Pacific, Global Affairs Canada; H.E. Saoud bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Canada; H.E. Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism; H.E. Roy Eriksson, Ambassador of Finland to Canada; H.E. Sheherazade Hirji, AKDN Ambassador to Afghanistan and Mr. David Hartman, Director General of the South Asia Bureau, Global Affairs Canada.
Ambassador Sparwasser of Germany, Ambassador Fredriksen of Norway, representatives from the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Indonesia and Mr. Khalil Shariff, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada also made interventions in the event.
Updates on the Afghan peace process, the preparations for the Geneva Conference, Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)’s areas of support in the country were presented.
The participants discussed the ongoing peace efforts and the preparation for the 2020 Conference on Afghanistan which will be held in late November in Geneva. They stressed the importance of continued regional and international support to peace and development in Afghanistan; immediate reduction in violence; inclusion of all groups, women, youth, minorities and victims of war in the peace process; adherence to the fundamental rights of all citizens including women and minorities and the constitutional order as well as preservation and advancement of the gains of the past 19 years in Afghanistan. The participants further highlighted the significance of pursuing a coherent approach encompassing peace building, market building and state building in Afghanistan with a focus on COVID-19 response efforts, peace building requirements and the self-reliance strategy.
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