Afghans need world’s help to eliminate terror: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani in his address on the day-two of the Brussels Conference on Wednesday informed the world about his government’s achievements and urged global community’s’ continued support to eliminate terrorism from Afghanistan.
The European Union (EU) and the Afghan government jointly organised the conference in which foreign ministers from 70 countries and head of 30 international organisations have been taking part.
During the two-day gathering, the president on behalf of the people of Afghanistan thanked the global community for continued assistance over the past 15 years for political, economic, security and social development of the war-torn country.
He said the international community’s support was still ongoing and as a result Afghanistan was making progress in various fields.
Ghani said the world helped improve the lives of Afghan children and women who they were now taking active part in the country’s political, economical and social development.
He said Afghan women worked in economic fields and were going toward self reliance.
The president said creation of the anti-corruption task force body, increase in government revenue, investment, the peace deal with the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), mega economic projects such as CASA, TUTAP, Chabahar port, connectivity through railway lines, TAPI and other projects were major achievements of Afghan government in recent times.
The Afghan president, however, said 39 percent of his countrymen still lived under the poverty line and lacked the ability to buy bread or send their children to school.
He said his country needed international community’s assistance because insecurity remained a huge challenge. He said Afghan security forces proved they were brave soldiers and stood against the atrocities of Taliban, Al Qaeda and Daesh.
Referring to northern Kunduz province, the president said there was news that Kunduz would fall to Taliban but security forces repulsed their attacks and did not allow them to overrun the provincial capital.
He said terrorist safe havens in the region were a threat to the entire region as terrorists knew no borders.
The president said the peace deal with the HIA showed that Afghans were committed to intra-Afghan peace dialogue.
Afghan government officials have said the international community at the Brussels conferences would pledge $3.5 billion in aid Afghanistan needs each year for the next four years.
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