Peace should be inclusive, Afghan President Ghani on Taliban Talks

Ashraf Ghani

Kabul, July 10 : Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday stressed that talks between the government and the Taliban should happen, saying that now is the time for peace which should be inclusive.

In his address at the 5th Annual European Anti-Corruption Conference here, he said: “This is the time of peace because conditions have been provided and should be used extensively. If this opportunity is lost, it will be a huge responsibility.”

“Peace must be inclusive and it should involve all parties,” he said, adding that going back is not acceptable to the nation and “we will only move forward”.

This is the time of peace because conditions have been provided and should be used extensively. If this opportunity is lost, it will be a huge responsibility,” Ghani said. “Peace must be inclusive and it should involve all parties.”

Ghani said that there is a need to differentiate between negotiations and understanding, reiterating that it is only the government which can engage in negotiations with the Taliban.

The President also raised concerns over security the deaths of security forces and said that this shows the war price is very heavy, therefore, talks between government and the Taliban should happen.

“It is necessary that we should know the war price is clear… talks should take place between the government and the Taliban, because we are the two sides (of the war),” Ghani said.

He also noted that war aspects in the country are complex but using the global experience is a must.

Ghani said the presidential elections will be held on time and referring to his recent visit to Islamabad, added: “We have opened a new chapter in our relations with Pakistan.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the Intra-Afghan Conference on Peace in Doha and said that conditions of trust and cooperation for sustainable peace in Afghanistan are available.

“Ultimately, there is an extended desire for cooperation and trust in the establishment of sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan have been created. We appreciate the Afghan and American governments for their work on a political settlement which is moving slowly. I am fully confident that the meeting which was co-hosted by Germany and Qatar on Saturday give more strength to the peace process in Afghanistan,” said Merkel.

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