The European Union remains committed to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and will continue its political and financial cooperation, a delegation from the organization is on tour of Kabul said on Thursday.
The EU delegation said member nations were resolute in their support for Afghanistan in its efforts towards sustainable peace and security, economic development. It urged the Afghan government to do more in promoting good governance and accountability in the country.
The delegation also called on the Afghan government and political leadership to come up with more solid action plans to improve governance, boost the economy and enhance the peace and reconciliation process with the opposition by 2020.
Referring to governance in Afghanistan, the delegation raised deep concerns over the endemic corruption in the country. The delegation said that the alliance will not tolerate seeing EU aid to Afghan people going to waste.
The delegation called on the Afghan government to take solid action against corruption in government institutions.
The Afghan government has three years to improve economic development, facilitate the stalled peace process and work on security, said the delegation.
“first of all on so-called state of Islam (ISIS), it is an international terrorist organization and there will no dialogue with ISIS or Al-Qaeda, these are imported terrorist organizations to Afghanistan, we don’t believe that either ISIS or Al-Qaeda think about of Afghanistan or Afghanistan people. They don’t care about Afghanistan people, they came here to play own game and they shouldn’t be part of Afghanistan political or provincial life, so we don’t believe that they should be part of the process,” said Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS, member of the EU parliament.
On the issue of insurgents in Afghanistan and Russian policy on Afghanistan, the EU delegation said the organization was seriously concerned about the presence of terrorists in the country. It called on Russian to take a more responsible position toward Afghanistan.
“we do hope that this time period will be critically important for Afghanistan building-state, making transition from the war economy to more development-based economy and finally securing peace process in Afghanistan,” he said.
The EU delegation further reiterated the organization’s continued financial and political cooperation with Afghanistan in its efforts for economic growth and stability.