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Truce declared from point of strength: Ghani

Truce declared from point of strength: Ghani

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Jun 14, 2018 - 17:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the courage and bravery of security forces offered the government the opportunity to announce truce with the Talibaninfo-icon from a point of strength.

Addressing a gathering at the Presidential Palace in which some military personnel were awarded promotion, the president hailed the courage and bravery of security personnel.

Presidential decree regarding the promotion of 23 defense ministry personnel was read out at the ceremony by Asadullah Ghazanfar, presidential advisor on cultural affairs.

During the event, nine brigadier generals were promoted to major generals while 14 colonels promoted to the rank of brigadier generals.

“You have proved wrong those claimed the ANA could not defend the motherland and unable to protect the people,” said Ghani.

He added it was the courage of security forces that resulted in the government declaring ceasefire from the point of strength.

“We want peace in which national and professional status of security forces is protected,” he said.

Defense Minister Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami thanked the president for his attention to security forces and said: “Our concentration is on the defense of the motherland, implementation of four-year plan and reforms in security forces.”

He said security forces have achieved successes in three branches and would continue to serve the nation under any circumstances.

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