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Ambassador J. Baloun at the 4th Senior Officials Meeting

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Afghanistan Jiri Baloun represented Czechia at the 4th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Kabul on 28 July 2020 organised by Afghan and Finnish governments and UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

At the 4th SOM the Afghan government and international partners in Kabul together with online participants discussed development and reforms in Afghanistan, particularly socio-economic issues, for the next 5 year period (Afghan National Peace and Development Framework – ANPDF II 2021-2025) and their involvement in further Afghan development (Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework – GMAF).

All participants, including Czechia, have confirmed continuation of their support to Afghanistan. At the same time, they highlighted the importance of human (incl. women, children, and minorities) rights, as well as fight against corruption for their support to the Afghan government in the next 5 years. Participants have also expressed their concerns regarding preservation of level of NGOs‘ activities in Afghanistan.

4th SOM at the Presidential Palace

4th SOM at the Presidential Palace