State Minister for Peace, Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, at the opening of the 2020 Geneva Conference on Afghanistan Monday, said “the past four decades of war has brought enormous misery to our people.”
Women particularly have endured heavy war burdens, adding “there are endless accounts of Afghan women who have lost their husbands, sons, and daughters to this war.”
“As we speak, four female members of the Afghan negotiation team sit opposite their Taliban counterparts as equals,” he exclaimed.
“Sadly, the slaughter of our young people has become a familiar story, from journalists to university students, to women’s rights activists,” State Minister for Peace said.
It is no coincidence that these groups are targeted by “extremists”, he said as “they are a manifestation of the progress Afghanistan has made in creating a more inclusive, outward-looking, and pluralistic society.”
Violence and bloodshed continue to divide Afghan communities and tears families apart, these gains have never been more at risk.
Sadat stressed on the crucial juncture of the peace process and said, “we are committed to giving those most at risk a voice, one that extends to the highest levels.”
During his speech at the Geneva conference, he reiterated the Afghan Government’s commitment to inclusivity extends far beyond the formal peace-making process.
Based on the achievements in the last 19 years, the Minister of state indicated the government’s commitment to its protection, as he said “we agree on the importance of preserving the achievements of the last 19 years, especially the role of human rights, all ethnic, youth and women’s participation in our society.”