H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan hosted a dinner event on October 28, 2018 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul attended by the cabinet ministers and heads of diplomatic missions in Kabul.
This event was the first in a Dinner Series aimed at providing updates and sharing views on key national, regional and international processes and events including regional cooperation issues centered on Afghanistan.
This first dinner event focused on the upcoming Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan to be held on November 28, 2018.
In his remarks, H.E. Foreign Minister Rabbani explained the importance of the Geneva Conference and stated that “the Conference will bring us to a new phase of partnership characterized by a new set of mutual commitments under the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (GMAF), which will be crucial in taking our reform agenda forward towards self-reliance in the next few years.” Foreign Minister Rabbani highlighted the importance of regional economic cooperation and connectivity as an important element of the Geneva Conference agenda and referred to the ongoing efforts under two prominent Afghanistan-centered regional cooperation frameworks: RECCA and HOA-IP. In this context, Foreign Minister Rabbani stated that the next HOA-IP Ministerial Meeting and the associated investment roadshow would complement our discussions in Geneva.
H.E. Foreign Minister Rabbani also introduced to the participants, H.E. Idrees Zaman, the newly appointed Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs. Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman made brief remarks highlighting the importance of continued international support to Afghanistan and in this context, expressed hope that the Geneva Conference would yield successful outcomes.
H.E. Ambassador Tamadichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan, also made remarks on the ongoing preparations for Geneva and highlighted the objectives of the conference. He, among other issues, stressed the importance of regional cooperation for Afghanistan in the path towards self-reliance as well as for the stability and development of the wider region.