EU-Central Asia states call for an inclusive government in Afghanistan

The heads of the Central Asian countries and the President of the European Council in a recent joint statement expressed concerns about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and called for an inclusive government that respects the human rights and freedoms of people, especially girls, women, and minority groups.

The meeting was held in the presence of leaders of five Central Asian countries and the president of the European Council Charles Michel in Cholpon-Ata city in Kyrgyzstan on Friday. 

The heads of the states highlighted the importance of the establishment of an inclusive and representative government and efforts to promote and respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens.

Concern over the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan was also raised by the states who acknowledged the efforts of the international community to support the vulnerable people across the country.

“The participants re-affirmed their commitment to seeing Afghanistan develop into a secure, peaceful, stable, prosperous country. In this regard, they recognized the efforts of the international community to assist the people of Afghanistan in a principled manner, despite difficult circumstances. Participants called on the international community to step up humanitarian assistance.” Part of the statement reads. 

Moreover, the participants expressed their common concern over the security situation and incitement of terrorism and extremist ideologies that propagates online and emphasized countering these threats.

The participants of the meeting emphasized the importance of the European Union and Central Asian dialogue on Afghanistan, including the fourth meeting of the EU and Central Asia Special Representative for Afghanistan held on 25-26 of May in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.