The participants at the third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan issued a joint statement in which they underscored the importance of achieving national reconciliation in Afghanistan through dialogue and for a “broad-based and inclusive political structure.”
The third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan was hosted by China, with the Foreign Ministers of China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attending.
The participants “noted the importance to achieve national reconciliation in Afghanistan through dialogue and negotiation, and to establish a broad-based and inclusive political structure, adopt moderate and sound domestic and foreign policies, and grow friendly relations with all countries, especially its neighbors, and emphasized the necessity for all sides to strengthen dialogue and communication with Afghanistan for the above purposes," the statement reads.
The statement did not mention anything about the reopening of schools for the Afghan female students above grade six, however, the neighboring countries called for steps to be taken to uphold the rights of Afghan women, including their right to education.
The statement also called on those "mainly responsible" for the current "predicament" in Afghanistan to follow through on their financial commitments, and for Afghan authorities to make more visible efforts in breaking ties with terrorist groups.
“They are holding meetings about removing restrictions on women, the reopening of schools for girls, as well as legitimizing equal rights for men and women,” said Mawluda Tawana, a women’s rights activist.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs in a series of tweets described the meetings in China as effective for engagement with foreign countries.
“The Islamic Emirate had the acting Foreign Minister as a representative there. The relevant issues were discussed. Afghanistan made a pledge of cooperation and the extension of diplomatic ties was facilitated,” said the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid.
But what will be the positive outcome of the meetings in China to alleviate the current crisis in Afghanistan?
“The China meeting shows that the world powers, particularly the two regional powers--Russia and China--have a serious focus on Afghanistan,” said Abdul Habib Fani, a political analyst.
Previously, the meetings which were hosted by the neighboring countries including China, Pakistan and Iran called for an inclusive government.