Ghani says cautiously optimistic about new peace bid
KABUL (Pajhwok): Promising continued consultations with various segments of society on the peace talks, President Ashraf Ghani has said the Afghan government is cautiously optimistic about the renewed efforts at reviving the stalled Afghan reconciliation process.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani held separate meetings lawmakers, peace negotiators and former jihadi figures on Thursday.
Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi and Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar were among those meeting the president.
Members of the High Peace Council on the occasion said the Afghanistan conflict had regional factors and claims of the opposition (insurgents) that they were fighting to establish an Islamic system in the country had no logic.
The former jihadi leaders assured the president of their support with regard to the peace process, saying Afghanistan needed peace more than before. The delegates also stressed as essential holding of parliamentary and district council elections.
President Ghani said his government’s conditions for peace talks had been agreed upon in bilateral, trilateral and quadrilateral meetings with Pakistan, United States and China.
He said regional efforts at reviving the Afghan peace process had made the Afghan government cautiously optimistic about the process and the international community was convinced that the war in Afghanistan had many aspects.
He said the Afghan insurgency involved international, regional terrorists, Pakistani Taliban and criminal groups including human and drugs smugglers.
The president said these multiple dimensions of the Afghan conflict needed to be thoroughly studied to draw a clear picture of the situation to enable the people to attach realistic expectations with the peace efforts.
Ghani also promised to keep abreast the Afghan people about any breakthrough achieved in the peace talks and continued consultations with various groups especially women regarding current and future peace efforts.
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