24 April 2019
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I am pleased to address this high-level meeting on Strengthening Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. This topic is the foundation of the United Nations, which was an extremely important discussion in the post World War II period, and even more vital in our world today.
A renewed focus on strengthening international cooperation & multilateralism is a strategic investment, to ensure a more harmonious global environment — grounded in the rule of law, human rights, and respect for human civilization.
Today, our global village is faced with various challenges, which affect all of us equally. International terrorism, extremism, and discrimination have increased in different parts of the world. Moreover, we also face the challenges of climate change, long term conflicts, migration, and other regional and international tensions. For international peace and security to prevail, these need to be reversed, and its effective mechanism is multilateralism.
Afghanistan’s commitment to multilateralism and diplomacy for peace emanates from our abiding commitment to the Charter of the United Nations and international law. Maintaining constructive, friendly & neutral relations with all countries based on mutual respect for territorial integrity, sovereignty, promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in our region and the global community at large, provide the cornerstone of our foreign policy architecture.
We know from our own experience that no challenge is too difficult to address through international cooperation. And Afghanistan’s transition to a democratic and pluralistic society is a testament to this reality.
The convergence of many countries – from across different regions and political groupings in 2001 – played an essential role in helping us to start a new chapter in our modern history. Today, international engagement and cooperation on Afghanistan remain an imperative, in helping us to become a peaceful and prosperous country. But more broadly, this engagement has a profound impact on promoting global peace and security.
At this important juncture, we re-emphasize to all partners to view Afghanistan as a platform of cordiality and cooperation, based on amity and complementarity, and not a ground for negative rivalries. We expect all the countries to fully respect, support and reinforce this standing with common good-will, cohesion and unity.
At the moment, Afghanistan is heavily engaged in peace efforts to end the imposed decades-long conflict in our country. We have worked with international partners to forge a new consensus on the need for peace in Afghanistan. To this end, we expect this consensus to reinforce our Afghan-led peace efforts to meet the goal at hand.
Our peace efforts will continue in a spirit of national unity and consensus, and will reflect the views of the cross-section of Afghan society, especially women, who suffered most during the dark era of Taliban rule. For our part, we will make sure that any eventual outcome of peace talks will safeguard and protect human rights and democratic principles based on our constitution.
The United Nations has a crucial role to play in promoting international cooperation and a rules-based international order. The Secretary General’s reform agenda for ensuring a more efficient UN is an important factor in strengthening the work of this institution to effectively serve as a platform of multilateralism and cooperation. We welcome the adjustments made across the peace and security, development and management pillars of the UN. That said, the ultimate success of multilateralism and peace rests with States themselves.
All States must adhere to basic norms governing international relations. This includes fulfilling – in good faith – commitments under the UN Charter and various treaties and conventions related to global peace and security, social and economic development and human rights.
Afghanistan remains a firm supporter of the peaceful settlement of conflicts and disputes. We believe diplomacy, dialogue and consultation, with a view to achieving common understanding and consensus, offer the best solution for resolving conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace and development. We support greater collaboration between the UN and regional organizations and platforms in order to prevent and resolve conflicts and promote development. The Heart of Asia and Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) are two such initiatives, led by Afghanistan, through which many regional and international partners are working together for stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, the region, and beyond.
In conclusion, Afghanistan reaffirms its strong commitment to promoting a rules-based international order, based on international solidarity and cooperation. And we stay engaged in the region as a platform for greater cooperation & effective diplomacy.
Thank You Mr. President.