UAE values reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan

The United Arab Emirates has hailed the progress made by the Afghan High Peace Council for ensuring Afghan reconciliation, promoting peace and building trust by engaging civil society in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 for 2000 on women, security and peace.

This came in the UAE statement delivered by Mohammed Sharaf, UAE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic and Trade Affairs, during his participation in the Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, which concluded here today in the presence of representatives of 40 states and international organisations.

The UAE is looking forward to ensuring protection, empowerment and engagement of Afghani women in the reconciliation efforts as part of the Afghani National Strategy objectives in order to guarantee long-lasting success for the peace drive in the country, said the statement.

The UAE has offered assistance for vital developmental projects in health, agriculture, social and security sectors, as part of efforts aimed at restoring security, peace and stability, and at countering terrorism in Afghanistan, it added.

The Fatima Bint Mohammad Bin Zayed Initiative for traditional Afghan carpet weaving project and development of the Afghan countryside is an example for sustainable development projects for empowering women as the initiative employs nearly 3,000 workers, 90 percent of whom are women, the UAE diplomat explained.

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has allocated around US$149.6 million towards implementing a housing project in Kabul, which aims to provide 4,000 housing units for Afghani people, especially widows, orphans and people of determination, he added. Also, Dubai Cares pledged $1.3 million for primary education, pre-schooling development programmes and eradication of illiteracy in Afghanistan.

The statement also highlighted the US$28 million Emirates Mine Clearance Project Afghanistan, a community-based effort funded by the UAE and administered by the United Nations Mine Action Service.

The UAE diplomat reiterated the UAE categorical condemnation of all acts of terror and extremism as well as any subversive actions targeting charities, doubling on the country’s call on the international community to intensify efforts to fight terror organisations seeking to undermine all good offices and endeavours aimed at alleviating the suffering of war-stricken civilians.

He lauded the tireless efforts made by the International Security Assistance Force led by NATO in Afghanistan in collaboration with the United Nations Assistance Mission to ensure peace and security in the country.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs