On 10th of June, international online meeting between parliamentarians of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Majilis deputies of Republic of Kazakhstan was held. Virtual meeting was on the initiative of the Afghan side.

At the meeting, the Afghan side was represented by Acting Minister of Women’s Affairs Hasina Safi, Chairman of the Wolesi Jirga Commission of the Afghan Parliament Nahid Farid, Chairman of the Mishrano Jirga Commission of the Afghan Parliament Gulalai Akbari, as well as deputies of both chambers. The Kazakh side was represented by the head of the Mazhilis Committee on International Affairs, Defense and Security Aigul Kuspan, the head of the Mazhilis Committee on Socio-Cultural Development Jamila Nurmanbetova, deputies of the Chamber Lazzat Ramazanova, Ekaterina Smyshlyaeva, as well as the Special representative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Afghanistan Talgat Kaliyev.

Women parliamentarians of Afghanistan and Kazakhstan discussed the issue of women’s involvement in economic and socio-political life. The meeting continued with a discussion about the ongoing Afghanistan peace talks and long-term peace building efforts.

During the meeting, Members of Afghan  parliament, spoke about the deteriorating security situation in the country and the escalation of violence by the Taliban, and said that maintaining the achievements of the last two decades was an important and fundamental demand of the government and people, especially Afghan women. Concerning their Kazakh counterparts, they called for their support for the country’s peace process, with the effective participation of women.

In her turn, Aigul Kuspan noted that Kazakhstan has always supported the participation of Afghan women in the social and political life of their country. At the same time, the deputy recalled the regional conference on the rights and opportunities of women in Afghanistan held in Nur-Sultan in 2018, which resulted in the adoption of the Astana Declaration on the Empowerment of Women in Afghanistan.

“Kazakhstan stands for the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan,” the Mazhilis deputy said, stressing that Kazakhstan will continue to provide comprehensive financial, technical and humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, including during the coronavirus pandemic.

Afghan parliamentarians highly appreciated Kazakhstan’s measures in the field of ensuring gender equality, broad involvement of women in the economic and socio-political life of the country.

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