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Council conclusions on the Afghanistan peace process (28 May 2020)

The Council approved via written procedure on 28 May 2020 conclusions reaffirming the EU's political commitment to support the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security, stability, democracy, prosperity and self-reliance. The EU will condition its future political and financial support to ensure that the republican, democratic and values-based principles are protected and further promoted. The conclusions also reiterate the EU's support for a negotiated political settlement leading to lasting peace and reconciliation, which must build on the democratic and human rights achievements of the past 19 years.

EU Delegation to Afghanistan and EU projects

The EU has a long-term commitment to support the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security and prosperity. Together, EU and Afghanistan work on a forward-looking agenda for peace, stability and sustainable development. The EU also supports political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and neighbouring countries to develop sustainable connectivity in the wider region.

US-Afghanistan Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan (29 February 2020)

Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America was signed on 29 February 2020.

Declaration by the High Representative on Afghanistan (29 February 2020)

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on current political developments in Afghanistan and the prospects for peace.

Main results of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) (15-16 December 2019)

The 14th Asia and Europe foreign ministers' meeting on 15-16 December 2019 in Madrid brought together foreign affairs ministers from European and Asian countries, under the theme "Asia and Europe: together for effective multilateralism". The meeting was chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. Foreign ministers exchanged views on how to strengthen cooperation on a wide range of areas, focusing on these central themes: global issues, regional issues, security challenges and sustainable connectivity.

Ministers agreed on a Chair's statement on the meeting where they, among others, reiterated their commitment to long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan and the need for the cessation of violence and the effective fight against terrorism, as well as the need for the peace process to be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and inclusive. Ministers called for a meaningful contribution to the peace process by all international and regional stakeholders.

EU statement at UN General Assembly: Situation in Afghanistan (27 November 2019)

Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Mr. Guillaume Dabouis, First Counsellor, Head of Political Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the situation in Afghanistan.

EU reinforces humanitarian support with €40 million as crisis worsens (November 2019)

The European Commission has allocated an additional €40 million in emergency assistance for those affected by the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, as well as for Afghan refugees in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. This brings total EU humanitarian aid for the Afghan crisis to €77 million in 2019: €61 million in Afghanistan, €9 million in Pakistan and €7 million in Iran.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council on Afghanistan (11 November 2019)

The Council discussed Afghanistan. The High Representative and foreign ministers recalled that direct intra-Afghan talks are the only way to achieve a sustainable solution, while the resumption of US-Taliban talks could, in this context, constitute a first step towards the relaunch of the intra-Afghan negotiations. The Council also highlighted the need to significantly reduce violence and to create an environment that allows for the preservation of the rights and democratic advancements of the country, including with regard to the rights of women, children and minorities.

The High Representative and foreign ministers reiterated the EU's readiness to support an inclusive political process. They recalled the significant engagement of the EU in the country and the commitment to its stability and prosperity.

EU statement at UN Security Council: Debate on UNAMA Afghanistan (10 September 2019)

Statement on behalf of the Member States of the European Union by Ambassador Silvio Gonzato, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the Security Council debate on UNAMA.

Council conclusions on the Afghanistan's peace process (8 April 2019)

The Council discussed on 8 April 2019 the situation in Afghanistan. Foreign ministers focused on current peace efforts and how the EU can best contribute to these efforts. The Council adopted conclusions on the Afghanistan's peace process. In the conclusions, the Council reaffirmed its political commitment and long-term support to the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security and prosperity.

Council conclusions on Afghanistan (19 November 2018)

On 19 November 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on Afghanistan. The Council reaffirms its long-term commitment to support the people of Afghanistan in their path towards peace, security and prosperity. The Council welcomes the provisional application of the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD) as an important step in bilateral relations between the EU and Afghanistan.

The Council underlines that the Geneva ministerial conference on Afghanistan on 27-28 November 2018 will be an important opportunity to take stock of progress on mutually agreed reforms made since the Brussels Conference in 2016 and set a forward-looking agenda for peace, stability and sustainable development.

The Council also recalled the EU's support for political dialogue and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and neighbouring countries and the wider region, including Central Asian countries, through the establishment of networks and partnerships that develop sustainable connectivity.

Council conclusions on the EU strategy on Afghanistan (16 October 2017)

The Council adopted on 16 July 2017 conclusions on an EU strategy on Afghanistan. The Council reconfirmed the EU's and member states' long-term commitment to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and to support its sustainable development.

The strategy on Afghanistan focuses on four priority areas: promoting peace, stability and regional security, reinforcing democracy, the rule of law and human rights and promoting good governance and women's empowerment, supporting economic and human development, addressing challenges related to migration.

EU-Afghanistan Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (February 2017)

The "Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, of the other part" was signed on 18 February 2017 by the EU's High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Eklil Hakimi.

The Agreement establishes a legal framework for EU-Afghanistan cooperation. It confirms the EU's commitment to Afghanistan's future development during the "Decade of Transformation" (2015-2024). It will provide a basis for the EU's ongoing support to Afghanistan in the implementation of its comprehensive and detailed reform programme.

The Agreement reflects the principles and conditions for the EU-Afghanistan partnership, with an emphasis on holding regular dialogue on political issues, including human rights, in particular the rights of women and children, which are essential elements of this agreement.

Council Conclusions on Afghanistan (18 July 2016)

On 18 July 2016 the Council adopted conclusions on Afghanistan, endorsing the second annual implementation report of the "European Union Afghanistan Strategy: 2014-16". The Council affirms in particular that the EU and member states overarching strategic goal should remain the development of Afghan institutions to safeguard progress to date and to make further progress in the development of a more effective and ultimately sustainable Afghan state. Key objectives are to promote security; reinforce democracy; encourage economic and human development ; strengthen the rule of law, including the fight against corruption, and the protection and promotion of human rights in particular the rights of women, including in the context of the peace process and continue the fight against the narcotic and drug industry.

The conclusions also mention the forthcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, scheduled for 4-5 October and to be co-chaired by the EU and the Afghan government. The conference is expected to focus in particular on: progress in Afghan state and institution building through implementation of the reform agenda; international support in view of sustained funding at or near the current levels until 2020 as well as regional support for a political process towards peace and reinforced cross-border economic cooperation.