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We must get to roots of terrorism: Ghani

We must get to roots of terrorism: Ghani

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Sep 24, 2020 - 08:47

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has urged international leaders to help Afghanistaninfo-icon emerge a sovereign, united and democratic success story.

Addressing the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the president stressed: "For sustainable peace in Afghanistan, we must get to the roots of the terrorism blighting our region."

He claimed his government had demonstrated the commitment, passion and courage to start direct peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon in Doha.

“But it (intra-Afghan dialogue) won’t be enough," explained Ghani, who called a united global response to the threat posed by terrorism.

“We must get to the root of the terrorism problem blighting our region and address it as a global phenomenon and threat, which it is,” he stressed.

In quest of self-reliance, he said, Afghanistan was moving away from donor relationships to mutually beneficial partnerships.

The UN News Centre quoted him as saying: “a democratically stable and prosperous Afghanistan will be an example of how our collective will can overcome the turmoil and uncertainty that defines our worldinfo-icon today”.

Afghanistan was struggling with five sources of unrest, he said in a pre-recorded video address to the UNGA, being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

He remarked the pandemic had “exposed our vulnerabilities to the point that we as a global community could no longer afford to ignore them”.

Ghani called the fourth industrial revolution “another driver of inequality and unemployment” and asked the world to “think ahead of our time”.

About violence and warfare, another source of turbulence for Afghanistan, he said the Afghans were living and dying in the fifth wave of global terrorism.

With regard to climate change, he said it another type of violence and suffering. Ghani said Afghanistan was the 17th worst-affected country in the world.

“Drought and floods are seasonal occurrences for Afghanistan. We need regional solutions based on international models,” the president added.

Growing inequality was the culmination of the first four drivers of distress, he said, warning the state of turmoil would continue forever if action was not taken.

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