Join the peace process, save the country, Afghan President tells Taliban

Kabul: The Government of Afghanistan has called on the Taliban to take part in the ‘peace process’ in order to save the country.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said this while addressing the 2nd Kabul Process Conference which is being attended by representatives from more than 20 countries.

Ghani, while offering peace talks to Taliban also called for government-to-government talks with Pakistan.

Ghani said the Afghan government will provide facilities and security for those Taliban who join the peace process. “We will consider the Taliban’s view in the peace talks,” he said.

A resurgent Taliban has been blamed for much of the increased violence in Afghanistan since United States and Nato forces concluded combat missions in 2014. The attacks have underscored the weaknesses of Afghan security forces.

Ghani, in a tweet last night said:

Earlier, it was reported that the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan might come face to face in the conference. However, there are no reports of an official meeting between the two but if they meet, it would be the first meeting between the two countries after the National Security Advisers met in Bangkok last year in December.


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