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International community reaffirms long-term partnership with Afghanistan

9 December 2015, New York: Today the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution titled “The situation in Afghanistan”. This resolution reaffirms the long-term partnership of the international community with Afghanistan based on refreshed mutual commitments.

Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations thanked member states for the unanimous adoption of the resolution and said, “Quite rightly this time, the resolution emphasizes on the regional aspects of the peace and security in Afghanistan.” He added, “We hope this important resolution will guide all member states in addressing the difficult challenges facing Afghanistan.”

Members of the General Assembly reiterated the fact that there is an urgent need to tackle the challenges in Afghanistan, in particular the region-based violent extremist activities by the Taliban, including the Haqqani Network, Al‑Qaida and other violent and extremist groups and criminals.

General assembly was also deeply concerned about the continuous and high level of violence in Afghanistan, especially the number of civilian casualties; it further expressed serious concern regarding the increasing presence of ISIL (Daish) in Afghanistan and their brutal acts, including killings of Afghan nationals.

Addressing the General Assembly plenary session, Mahmoud Saikal, said, “External support to the Taliban and other terrorist groups is primarily motivated by regional rivalry, with excessive and unnecessary anxiety and suspicion of one state over its rival’s otherwise ordinary relations with Afghanistan. He added, “This has resulted in an unsavoury policy of using violent proxies in pursuit of political objectives, which has created a significant trust deficit between Pakistan and Afghanistan and provides oxygen for terror to breath.”

Members of the UN General Assembly recognize that an Afghan-led inclusive peace process backed by regional actors, in particular Pakistan, and supported by the international community, is essential for achieving long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan. Hence the members encourage Afghanistan and Pakistan to enhance their relationship that could lead to cooperation to effectively combat terrorism and move the Afghan-led Peace Process forward.

The resolution stresses on the important and impartial role of the United Nations in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The resolution recognizes the importance of the continued international commitment to support the training, equipping, financing and development of the capacity of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces throughout the Transformation Decade.

The resolution welcomes the start of the second year of the National Unity Government and its achievements in political, economic, governance and social reforms, underlining the need to preserve past achievements, urges further improvements in this regard in particular to address poverty, delivery of services, stimulate economic growth, create employment opportunities, increase domestic revenue, and human rights, especially women’s rights and persons belonging to minorities.

The resolution encourages all partners of Afghanistan to support constructively the Government of Afghanistan’s reform agenda as envisaged in the Self-Reliance Mutual Accountability Framework.

Notes to Editors:

  • The Resolution is on the agenda of the General Assembly since 1980
  • This resolution, adopted on annual basis, is a series of political commitments of the international community through General Assembly.
  • Germany is the pen-holder to this resolution.

Afghanistan’s resolution on IEDs adopted by the UN General Assembly

Press Release: Nov 9, 2015

On Nov 6, 2015, Afghanistan’s resolution titled “Countering the Threat Posed by Improvised Explosive Devices” was adopted by the Seventieth Session of the First Committee of the UNGA. This resolution was co-sponsored by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mali, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and United States of America.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have become a significant threat in recent years and have led to the death and maiming of thousands of civilians, UN personals and soldiers. Devastation caused by the increasing use of IEDs by terrorists, illegal armed groups, and other unauthorized recipients, which has affected a large number of countries and has resulted thousands of casualties, have posed serious challenges to the safety and security of many nations. IED attacks also negatively impact socio-economic development, infrastructure, and freedom of movement, thereby hindering post-conflict development and stability of nations.

Addressing the First Committee of UNGA, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of I.R. of Afghanistan to the United Nations said: “Afghanistan has long faced threats from IEDs and other weapons aimed to terrorize its population. By the successful adoption of this resolution, which addresses security concerns posed by IEDs, Afghanistan aims to strengthen the global awareness, information sharing, and increasing involvement of UN Secretary General to provide reports in consultation with member states on IEDs and its devastating impacts, as well as develop a comprehensive and holistic approach to counter the growing threat from IEDs”.

Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal met with the President of 70th UNGA, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft today.

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft .

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft .

After congratulating Mr. Lykketoft on his election of the Presidency of the General Assemby, Ambassador Saikal provided a thorough background on the situation in Afghanistan, role of the UN in Afghanistan, and the importance of international partners in Afghanistan’s development and progress.

Ambassador Saikal and President Lykketoft exchanged views on a whole range of issues including security, economic development, regional stability, and international support for Afghanistan’s development in the coming years. President Lykketoft mentioned his visits to Afghanistan and expressed his full support for Afghanistan’s transformation in the coming years.

The meeting was concluded with assurances of cooperation from both sides on matters of mutual interest. They pledged their support to work together on multiple issues through the upcoming year.