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Ghani, Pompeo talk peace, prisoner releases

Ghani, Pompeo talk peace, prisoner releases

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Jun 02, 2020 - 10:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed future steps in the Afghan peace process.

The Presidential Palace said Ghani held a video conference with Pompeo and the two sides talked about the latest developments in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The two vice-presidents, the High Council for National Reconciliation chief, Ghani’s advisor on economic affairs and acting foreign minister were in attendance.

Also present at the video conference were administrative affairs office head, US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and American embassy officials.

A statement from Ghani’s office said the two sides exchanged views on the peace process and discussed security and stability in Afghanistan.

Pompeo said America’s main goal was a united, independent, democratic and stable Afghanistan within the framework of maintaining long-term and strategic ties between the two countries.

Ghani explained his government’s roadmap for lasting peace and stability, saying more efforts should be made for a united and sovereign Afghanistan.

First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh presented his evaluation and analysis of the reduction in violence.

Future steps towards peace, including the release of prisoners, negotiations’ venue and other peace-related measures were also discussed during the conference.

Both sides stressed the need for cooperation in the area of sharing information about the duration and start of peace talks.

High Council for National Reconciliation Chairman Dr. Abdullah highlighted the measures being taken by the council and completion of the council.

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