On 11th February 2019, Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann, the outgoing NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan visited the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS) for a frank discussion with Hekmat K. Karzai, CAPS’ Chairman.
Mr Karzai and Amb Zimmermann discussed peace process, NATO mission and upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan. Mr Karzai briefed Amb Zimmermann on the recent intra-Afghan dialogue held in Moscow, Russia and said “it was a constructive first step that can contribute to the peace process and complement the US-Taliban talks in Doha, Qatar”.
Amb Zimmermann said that the international community believes that peace would be realized only when Afghans talk to each other adding that “we support an inclusive approach for the peace talks and the intra-Afghan dialogue is at the core of this”.
Mr Karzai wished Amb Zimmermann all the best for his future endeavor and hoped CAPS and his successor will continue collaboration on issues of mutual interest.