No compromise on constitution during talks with Taliban: Envoy
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Asserting that the government is committed to pursuing the peace and reconciliation process, a top Afghan diplomat on Wednesday said that negotiations with the Taliban would be done from the position of power.
“President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is determined to bring long-term peace to our country by negotiating from a position of power,” Afghan Ambassador to the US, Hamdullah Mohib, said in a commencement address to graduates from the National Defense University’s (NDU) College of International Security Affairs.
The president had made it clear that no deal will be struck with the Taliban that compromises the principles enshrined in the country’s constitution, the envoy had said.
According to him President Ghani during his first year in office had tried to develop regional consensus on peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Mohib stressed the need for joint efforts by international community and regional countries to curb terrorism, drug and human trafficking as the issues had a global nature and could not be handled by one country alone.
“Our partners and allies also know that Afghanistan’s geographic position makes securing the peace there a precondition to securing peace within the region. Indeed, as we saw tragically on 9/11, countries as far away as the United States are at risk when terrorists or insurgents gain the upper hand in Afghanistan,” he said.
The Afghan envoy termed Islamic State (IS) a more dangerous enemy and said international community had developed a common strategy to destroy the newly emerged terrorist network, a step which should be effectively implemented.
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