Joint statement: Govt, HIA hope for international support
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and the Afghan government on Thursday said in a joint statement that the landmark peace deal between the two sides would be published in official gazette soon after being signed by President Ashraf Ghani and HIA leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar.
On behalf of the government, the agreement was signed by High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani and National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Thursday.
The joint statement said the two sides during their first session would thoroughly discuss the provisions of all articles in the peace deal especially the 4th, 8th, 13th and 18th articles.
The two sides also asked other militant groups hell bent on continuation of the war to be inspired by the success of the government-HIA talks and asked them to resolve their political issues through negotiations.
Habiba Sarabi, deputy HPC chairman, during the signing ceremony of the peace deal between government interlocutors and HIA delegation, said talks between the two sides took place in a cordial political environment with patience, honesty and mutual trust.
Both the sides committed themselves to enforcing and implementing the peace deal at the earliest possible while considering Afghanistan’s need for peace and stability and in line with respect to the desire of Afghan people for peace, she added.
The joint statement said both the sides owed gratitude to those who contributed to the efforts at facilitating the signing of the agreement including all political parties, the international community especially permanent members of the United Nations, other countries’ diplomatic missions stationed in Kabul, HPC’s leadership especially the chairman Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani and other persons who had contributed to the intra-Afghan process.
In the statement, both the sides also expressed their hope that the UN, European Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), regional countries and other international organizations would firmly support the peace accord in order peace and stability could be strengthened in Afghanistan.
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