Ghani, Hekmatyar affix signatures to landmark peace deal
Representatives of the High Peace Council and HIA concluded the historic deal after two years of tenuous negotiations. The accord will be implemented now that the president and the HIA leader have inked it.
At a ceremony at the Presidential Palace President, Ghani signed the pact after Hekmatyar, ex-prime minister, inked and sent it through his representative. The HIA chief was not present on the occasion.
More than a thousand people, including high-ranking officials, former president Hamid Karzai, politicians, jihadi leaders and hundreds of HIA supporters participatedin the ceremony.
Hekmatyar,who was given generous aid during jihad years but later designated as terrorist by the US, spoke to participants through a video conference. He is expected to arrive in the capital soon.
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