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The Kabul Process for Peace & Security Cooperation

1. Key Aims

An Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive peace process is of the highest priority for the Afghan Government. After decades of violence and bloodshed, Afghanistan recognizes that a sustainable means of ending the conflict is through a negotiated political settlement. In the process of transition, Afghanistan has already shown that it is capable to take the lead with regard to its own security. The Afghan Government is fully determined to be in the driver’s seat of the peace process, and aims to engage the region in order to address the multiple dimensions of the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. The search for peace and security in Afghanistan includes multiple interlinked dimensions – between the Afghan Government, Afghan society and armed groups, and neighbors in the region and involved actors around the globe.

To support an Afghan vision for peace, the strongest commitment of regional partners and key stakeholders is now needed more than ever. Taking the lead in the this process underlines the willingness of Afghanistan as a sovereign state to act in a diplomatic context according to international norms and conventions, with the hope and expectation that all other participants will act according to the same international norms. Afghanistan seeks sustained stability on the basis of genuine state-to-state relations with the region, which encompass diplomatic, economic, political and security cooperation.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is convening the first meeting of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation on 6 June 2017 in Kabul. It has invited states of the region, who will take the center stage at this gathering, along with key members of the international community. There is a pressing reason for holding this meeting: We need a stable Afghanistan to enable a stable region. H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will outline Afghanistan’s new vision and strategy for peace in order to garner regional support. Inspired by a new impetus on peace, the Afghan Government invites regional and international representatives to jointly develop fresh thinking on key problems that prevent greater stability and cooperation. This will reinvigorate regional and international consensus on the need for a peaceful Afghanistan. The 6 June meeting will be the start of a process, not a panacea, providing a chance to establish pragmatic goals and to obtain commitments from countries that need to be turned into actions as the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation fully unfolds.

2. An Overarching Umbrella

While multiple fora have been held to help with peace and security in Afghanistan and the region over the past few years, the Government of Afghanistan believes that there is a great need for an overarching process that can serve as an umbrella, which various other initiatives can feed into and thereby reinforce the overall process. The Purpose of the Kabul conference is to place the Afghan Government as the key driving force for achieving peace, with the earnest support of regional and international partners. The Afghan Government further believes that the continuation of other initiatives could be supportive of this overall endeavor, as different formats help to bring together diverse groupings and provide the space for in-depth discussions with concerned participants. Therefore, the Kabul Process will incorporate and consolidate the positive steps taken and gains achieved.

3. Specific Themes

The premise of the Kabul Process on Peace and Security Cooperation is that regional representatives rally behind Afghanistan’s vision for peace and security. As part of this process, regional partners will need to develop measures necessary to end violence and to forge sustainable peace, creating positive dividends for the entire region. The following two themes are essential to consolidate cooperation: peace and security.

3.1. An Afghan Vision for Peace

H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will highlight the strong commitment of the Afghan Government to peace-making and peace-building in Afghanistan. This commitment is well reflected in the recent peace agreement with Hizb-e-Islami. It is now anchored in a peace vision and strategy that stresses a whole-of-government approach to fostering an inclusive peace process.

The Afghan Peace Strategy outlines that there are several dimensions of Afghanistan’s conflict. These are critical for understanding why it has proven so difficult to bring peace and stability to the country. Most importantly in this context, Afghanistan’s conflicts do not derive solely from domestic disputes and rebellion. They stem as much from a lack of consensus amongst regional and global actors that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is more valuable than an Afghanistan that is at war. Until that view changes, Afghanistan will remain unstable and its ungoverned spaces and border areas will continue to breed extremism and provide safe havens for regional and global terrorist networks. The conference on 6 June aims to outline a vision for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan that all regional actors and key stakeholders can actively support.

Peace-making for an ultimate political settlement is one important part of the peace process. The other key part is to open the door for a long-term vision and process of peace-building in Afghanistan. Peace-building aims to resolve the root causes of conflict, build trust, and provide durable incentives to sustain peace. Violence in Afghanistan has lead to discord in the region. Peace-building in Afghanistan creates cords between nations in the region, tying them together to strengthen connectivity and prosperity.

3.2. Security Cooperation

Terrorism is a global phenomenon posing threats to all, undermining peace, security and development in Afghanistan and the wider region. However forging a common understanding of these threats remains a serious challenge, including views on the use of terrorism as state policy. In addition, over the past 15 years terrorist groups have grown in numbers, they have become more violent and transnational, and their aims exceed the boundaries of any one nation. They are a threat to all states and the international order in general. More than twenty terrorist organizations operate in the ungoverned areas, either actively hosted or tolerated in exchange for their support to local armed groups, and these organizations use sanctuaries to plan and execute attacks throughout Afghanistan, the region and beyond. Without sanctuary, logistical support, the freedom to fund-raise and channel money, and revenue from the narcotics trade, the war would have been over a long time ago.

It will take a concerted effort by regional and international partners of Afghanistan to counter these foreign terrorist fighters. Lack of collective action will continue to risk leaving Afghanistan and the immediate neighborhood as a base for foreign fighters, threatening the stability of the region and the world. In this regard, concrete collective counter-terrorism ideas should be sought, leading to a fruitful discussion at this meeting on how to take collective actions through specific Counter Terrorism Confidence Building Measures.

4. Conclusion

The countries of the region must reach a consensus to accept Afghan stability and actively work to achieve it. The region has learned at great loss that continuing instability brings with it costs that affect everyone. Peace in Afghanistan thus strengthens peace dividends for all nations and people in the region, leading to increased connectivity, trade and prosperity. Regional connectivity will in turn help to build trust and foster exchanges between various strata of society in the region. The Government of Afghanistan sees this meeting as ideally placed to generate a positive momentum upon which further progress for peace can be built. The meeting aims to provide a fresh start for an open engagement and exchange that can lead to creation of a stable Afghanistan, by consequence, enabling a stable region.

The Kabul Process for Peace & Security Cooperation

1. Key Aims

An Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive peace process is of the highest priority for the Afghan Government. After decades of violence and bloodshed, Afghanistan recognizes that a sustainable means of ending the conflict is through a negotiated political settlement. In the process of transition, Afghanistan has already shown that it is capable to take the lead with regard to its own security. The Afghan Government is fully determined to be in the driver’s seat of the peace process, and aims to engage the region in order to address the multiple dimensions of the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. The search for peace and security in Afghanistan includes multiple interlinked dimensions – between the Afghan Government, Afghan society and armed groups, and neighbors in the region and involved actors around the globe.

To support an Afghan vision for peace, the strongest commitment of regional partners and key stakeholders is now needed more than ever. Taking the lead in the this process underlines the willingness of Afghanistan as a sovereign state to act in a diplomatic context according to international norms and conventions, with the hope and expectation that all other participants will act according to the same international norms. Afghanistan seeks sustained stability on the basis of genuine state-to-state relations with the region, which encompass diplomatic, economic, political and security cooperation.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is convening the first meeting of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation on 6 June 2017 in Kabul. It has invited states of the region, who will take the center stage at this gathering, along with key members of the international community. There is a pressing reason for holding this meeting: We need a stable Afghanistan to enable a stable region. H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will outline Afghanistan’s new vision and strategy for peace in order to garner regional support. Inspired by a new impetus on peace, the Afghan Government invites regional and international representatives to jointly develop fresh thinking on key problems that prevent greater stability and cooperation. This will reinvigorate regional and international consensus on the need for a peaceful Afghanistan. The 6 June meeting will be the start of a process, not a panacea, providing a chance to establish pragmatic goals and to obtain commitments from countries that need to be turned into actions as the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation fully unfolds.

2. An Overarching Umbrella

While multiple fora have been held to help with peace and security in Afghanistan and the region over the past few years, the Government of Afghanistan believes that there is a great need for an overarching process that can serve as an umbrella, which various other initiatives can feed into and thereby reinforce the overall process. The Purpose of the Kabul conference is to place the Afghan Government as the key driving force for achieving peace, with the earnest support of regional and international partners. The Afghan Government further believes that the continuation of other initiatives could be supportive of this overall endeavor, as different formats help to bring together diverse groupings and provide the space for in-depth discussions with concerned participants. Therefore, the Kabul Process will incorporate and consolidate the positive steps taken and gains achieved.

3. Specific Themes

The premise of the Kabul Process on Peace and Security Cooperation is that regional representatives rally behind Afghanistan’s vision for peace and security. As part of this process, regional partners will need to develop measures necessary to end violence and to forge sustainable peace, creating positive dividends for the entire region. The following two themes are essential to consolidate cooperation: peace and security.

3.1. An Afghan Vision for Peace

H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will highlight the strong commitment of the Afghan Government to peace-making and peace-building in Afghanistan. This commitment is well reflected in the recent peace agreement with Hizb-e-Islami. It is now anchored in a peace vision and strategy that stresses a whole-of-government approach to fostering an inclusive peace process.

The Afghan Peace Strategy outlines that there are several dimensions of Afghanistan’s conflict. These are critical for understanding why it has proven so difficult to bring peace and stability to the country. Most importantly in this context, Afghanistan’s conflicts do not derive solely from domestic disputes and rebellion. They stem as much from a lack of consensus amongst regional and global actors that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is more valuable than an Afghanistan that is at war. Until that view changes, Afghanistan will remain unstable and its ungoverned spaces and border areas will continue to breed extremism and provide safe havens for regional and global terrorist networks. The conference on 6 June aims to outline a vision for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan that all regional actors and key stakeholders can actively support.

Peace-making for an ultimate political settlement is one important part of the peace process. The other key part is to open the door for a long-term vision and process of peace-building in Afghanistan. Peace-building aims to resolve the root causes of conflict, build trust, and provide durable incentives to sustain peace. Violence in Afghanistan has lead to discord in the region. Peace-building in Afghanistan creates cords between nations in the region, tying them together to strengthen connectivity and prosperity.

3.2. Security Cooperation

Terrorism is a global phenomenon posing threats to all, undermining peace, security and development in Afghanistan and the wider region. However forging a common understanding of these threats remains a serious challenge, including views on the use of terrorism as state policy. In addition, over the past 15 years terrorist groups have grown in numbers, they have become more violent and transnational, and their aims exceed the boundaries of any one nation. They are a threat to all states and the international order in general. More than twenty terrorist organizations operate in the ungoverned areas, either actively hosted or tolerated in exchange for their support to local armed groups, and these organizations use sanctuaries to plan and execute attacks throughout Afghanistan, the region and beyond. Without sanctuary, logistical support, the freedom to fund-raise and channel money, and revenue from the narcotics trade, the war would have been over a long time ago.

It will take a concerted effort by regional and international partners of Afghanistan to counter these foreign terrorist fighters. Lack of collective action will continue to risk leaving Afghanistan and the immediate neighborhood as a base for foreign fighters, threatening the stability of the region and the world. In this regard, concrete collective counter-terrorism ideas should be sought, leading to a fruitful discussion at this meeting on how to take collective actions through specific Counter Terrorism Confidence Building Measures.

4. Conclusion

The countries of the region must reach a consensus to accept Afghan stability and actively work to achieve it. The region has learned at great loss that continuing instability brings with it costs that affect everyone. Peace in Afghanistan thus strengthens peace dividends for all nations and people in the region, leading to increased connectivity, trade and prosperity. Regional connectivity will in turn help to build trust and foster exchanges between various strata of society in the region. The Government of Afghanistan sees this meeting as ideally placed to generate a positive momentum upon which further progress for peace can be built. The meeting aims to provide a fresh start for an open engagement and exchange that can lead to creation of a stable Afghanistan, by consequence, enabling a stable region.

 

Chairman’s Statement – The Kabul Process for Peace & Security Cooperation

On the 6 of June 2017, the Afghan government hosted the first meeting of The Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation, involving 27 countries and organizations. They discussed threats of terrorism in Afghanistan, the region and beyond, and measures to counter them, as well as peace and security challenges that affect both Afghanistan and the wider region. The Chairman summarizes the meeting as following: 

  1. Meeting just after the horrific acts of terror in Kabul that left hundreds of Afghan civilians dead and wounded, this gathering is a powerful signal of solidarity with the Government of Afghanistan and its people in its fight against terrorism and in its effort and aspiration to achieve peace. All participants strongly condemn these heinous acts of violence and all forms of terrorism that undermine the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.
  2. A stable Afghanistan enables a stable region. This can only be achieved through an Afghan led and Afghan-owned political process with the full support of neighbors and international partners, as demonstrated in the recent successful peace deal with Hizbe-Islami, Hikmatyar.
  3. The participants called on all the armed groups to agree to a ceasefire and start peace talks with the Afghan Government immediately.
  4. The region will take a united approach against those who refuse to join the political process and continue to provide the ground for foreign terrorists to operate in Afghanistan. In addition, Participants support all ANDSF efforts to defend the people of Afghanistan and combat all terrorist threats‎ that affect the international community.
  5. The participants reaffirmed that a meaningful effort to counter terrorism and establish peace in Afghanistan and the region is through genuine state-to-state cooperation and regional mechanisms.
  6. As stated in UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy as a measure to prevent and combat terrorism, it was emphasized that states must “refrain from organizing, instigating, facilitating, participating in financing, encouraging or tolerating terrorist activities and to take appropriate practical measures to ensure that our respective territories are not used for terrorist installations or training camps, or for the preparation or organization of terrorist acts intended to be committed by other states or their citizens.”
  7. Terrorism and violent extremism are an assault on our common humanity. Too many lives have been lost to the violence of extremists, terrorists, and those who support them. While some countries bear a greater human cost from this threat, it directly undermines the security and stability of the region and the world, and challenges the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.  Joint and concerted efforts by all countries are needed to address the challenges of terrorism, dismantle terrorist infrastructure, and disrupt all financial and tactical support provided by states, criminal networks and individuals.
  8. United by a common desire to bring long-term peace, stability and prosperity, despite this threat, participants strongly support Afghanistan’s vision for an Afghan led, Afghan-owned peace process as articulated by the President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at the meeting. The vision underlines the principles of equality, pluralism, and inclusiveness, as a foundation for a national peace process. This requires a positive consensus based on constructive state-to-state relations to build trust operating under a properly defined regionally and internationally agreed mechanism to strengthen counter terrorism and security cooperation, which would create space for joint efforts to establish peace.
  9. While individual efforts by stakeholders to promote peace and stability are helpful, success can only be achieved through a unified and close coordination of efforts under Afghan the Government’s stewardship of the peace process. 
  10. A stable Afghanistan is more valuable than an Afghanistan at war. As stated by Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, such stability will enable greater connectivity across the region and the development of integrated approaches to transport, energy, economics, and trade, generating prosperity and enhancing social, cultural and political cohesion for the people of the region.
  11. An overarching Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process will provide the forum to take stock of, and reinforce, other Afghan-related ‎initiatives in the areas of peace, security, and regional connectivity. We appreciate the ongoing international efforts for promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan. It was decided to meet again, in configurations within this format, to follow up on the ideas and proposals generated by this meeting and to pursue concrete actions to foster peace and stability in Afghanistan and region.

Amb Waissi Meets Afghan Community in Brisbane

Ambassador Wahidullah Waissi is meeting Afghan community representatives in Brisbane, Queensland on May 17, 2017. 

Current job vacancies at the Embassy

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is seek three full-time employees for the following positions. For more details regarding the vacant positions, please download the PDF files.  

 

د سفارت مخابراتی انالوگ سیستم په دیجیتل سیستم بدل شو

په أسترالیا کښې د افغاستان داسلامی جمهورت سفارت تل په دې هڅه کښې دئ چې په ټولو کاری برخوکښې د درنو مراجعینو او په خاصه ټوګه ګرانو وطنوالو په چوپړ کښې و اوسیږی.

له همدې کبله دسفارت مخابراتی سیستم چې دجوړیدونه تر اوسه انالوګ و په دیجیتل سیستم چې یوپرمخ تللئ سیستم دئ بدل شو .

دسفارت درنومراجعین کولای شی چی  دوخت دضایع کیدو نه پرته مستقیمأ دڅانګی له مسوول سره اړیکه ونیسی اوخپلې مشکلات حل کاندی.

سفارت سره دتیلفونی اړیکې په وخت کښی د ژبې د ټاکنې نه وروسته کولای شی د لاندې شمېرې  د فشار ورکولو سره  اړو څانګو سره اړیکه ونیسی:

دعمومی معلوماتو دپاره  2  فشار ورکړئ

دپاسورت داخیستلو اودرایوری لاسنس دپاره  3   فشار ورکړئ

دتذکرې داخیستلو یاتأییداو دهویت دتأیید اودسفرداجازې دپاره  4   فشار ورکړئ

د ویزې دپاره  5   فشار ورکړئ

دسفارت دمقام د دفتر دپاره    6   فشار ورکړئ

د بیا اورېدو دپاره  0   فشار ورکړئ

که ستا اړیکه تر دیرشو ثانیو کښې  د څانګې سره تأمین و نه شو ستاسو اړیکه  یوځل بیا  سکرتریت سره  وصل کیږے