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Ghani wants Abdullah to lead peace council

Ghani wants Abdullah to lead peace council

Apr 04, 2020 - 13:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has asked his staunch political rival Abdullah Abdullah to spearhead to lead a high peace councilinfo-icon and pursue the peace process.

During a meeting with parliamentarians at the Presidential Palace, Ghani urged the former chief executive officer (CEO) to lead the high peace council and pursue talks with the Talibaninfo-icon.

The president told the lawmakers that Abdullah’s position would be equivalent to a vice-president. His decision-making mandate, budget and security could be discussed.

Ghani suggested Abdullah’s allies might be inducted into the cabinet, with guarantees that they would not be sacked without concrete reason.

He called for enhanced mutual respect, coordination and cooperation among the three pillars of the government, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani and administrative board members commended Ghani’s efforts for peace and preventing the coronavirus spread.

The Afghans desired dignified and sustainable peace that could put an end to the conflict, Ghani said, promising that his new cabinet would represent all communities.

Ghani and Abdullah have been at odds for months over the outcome of the presidential vote. Both have taken oaths as president, triggering a political crisis in the country.

In his interaction with the legislators, the president underlined the need for ending the current political impasse to bring stability, progress and prosperity to the country.



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