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Ghani: Qatar-bound delegation to represent nation’s wishes

Ghani: Qatar-bound delegation to represent nation’s wishes

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Apr 17, 2019 - 21:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said the task of the delegation taking part in the Doha meeting will be to represent the wishes of the Afghan nation and the government.

The president was talking a day after his government announced a list of people from all walks of life, including some from the government, that it wants to send to the so-called intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha this weekend.

But the Talibaninfo-icon poured scorn on the lengthy list, saying it was not "normal" and that they had "no plans" to meet with so many people.

President Ghani, who met with members of the delegation, said: “You are starting a mission for which the Afghan nation has been waiting for the past four decade to achieve lasting peace for the soil.”

Ghani said the delegation would represent the hopes of Afghans in the talks bexause the nation was tired of suicide blasts, bomb blasts and firings. “But because our love for the country is thousands of years old, we would never be beaten.”

The president said he was hopeful the 40-year-old conflict would come to an end as he believed the Afghans had a historic chance to resolve their issues through talks.

He said national, Islamic, regional and international conditions for peace were in place and peace was a symbol of bravery and power. He said it was up to the nation to accept or reject conditions because the final decision about peace rested with the nation.

“We all are representatives of the nation and our power and honor lies in their representation which defines the limits of our power and responsibilities.”

He asked the delegation to explain Afghanistaninfo-icon’s ground realties, hopes, pains and vision to the Taliban. “Understand them (Taliban) and give them the chance to understand you.”

Ghani also asked the delegates to convince the Taliban that there was no other way except talking to the government and there was no other solution to the conflict.

He said bloodshed was not the name of victory and the winners of peace would be Afghan children, womeninfo-icon, orphans and the nation.

Ghani said the delegation should explicitly talk with the Taliban about the need for patience, compassion and unity of the people, system stability, legitimacy, and institutionalization of the system and understand the Taliban's pain, compulsions, wishes and ideas.

Speaking on the occasion, veteran jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf said peace was a divine order and the demand of the nation, the worldinfo-icon and humanity.

He said the end of every war was peace and those rejecting peace were actually rejecting the religion of God. “The war has been imposed on our country and every moment of the war is illegitimate. The only way to end the war is a dignified and lasting peace.”

Sayyaf asked the Qatar-bound delegation that their task should not be arguments, but peace while keeping their unity. He also urged the Taliban delegation to arrive at the talks with an honest intention of peace.

HPC chief Mohammad Karim Khalili said war was no solution to any problem and peace should be achieved under a transparent mechanism.

He said no country had achieved peace without braveness and decisiveness and peace never meant a return to the past.

Former president Hamid Karzai on the occasion said it was a fortunate day that effort and determination for reaching peace had been made. “There is no big hope and happiness for the people of Afghanistan than achieving peace.”

He asked the delegation to try to pave the way for peace and an end to the war in their talks with the Taliban.

Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said he was happy that the delegation held a meeting in Kabul ahead of its journey to Doha to represent the Afghans.

Abdullah said the delegation would hopefully pave the ground for direct government-Taliban talks.

He said the delegation was comprised of people from all walks of life and they would participate in the Doha talks to achieve a dignified peace.

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