Canada welcomes U.S.-Taliban agreement in Afghanistan

Statement

February 29, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada notes the signing of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban, which we hope can lead to a more stable and secure Afghanistan.

“Afghans deserve to be free from violence and conflict. After decades of war, there is a need to forge a peaceful path forward as the country enters into Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace talks.

“Canada thanks the State of Qatar for facilitating these talks.

“We encourage all parties to seize this moment for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“Canada has always been a steadfast partner of Afghanistan, with 40,000 Canadians having served as part of the NATO Mission from 2001 to 2014. We continue to support stabilization, development and humanitarian efforts in the country, and look forward to continue supporting meaningful peace negotiations that include all Afghan people, including women and minorities.”

Contacts

Syrine Khoury
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Syrine.Khoury@international.gc.ca

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