Ghani Seeks Regional Support for Peace with Taliban in Afghanistan.
President Ashraf Ghani on Monday afternoon spoke at the opening of an international meeting on “strengthening regional consensus for peace,” stressing the need for the support of neighboring and regional countries to participate in the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Representatives of 19 countries and international organizations attended the virtual meeting that was held at the Presidential Palace.
“We all are faced with the threat of terrorism, regional crime networks and extremism,” Ghani said. “The logic thought is that we stay together and Afghanistan as a roundabout of regional cooperation can play a good role in regional stability and prosperity.”
He said that international consensus to end the war is there, adding that “the support of regional and neighboring countries for regional consensus will help Afghanistan to achieve its goals on peace.”
On peace, Ghani said that “the peace process will face serious challenges if the Taliban continue the war.”
“Unfortunately, violence level is high compared to the last year. Recent reports by the UN showed that the Taliban is yet to implement their commitments– and maintain their ties with terrorist networks,” Ghani said.
Ghani said that the Afghan government has made big steps with the prisoner release, and the Taliban should quit violence and release the Afghan prisoners.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will begin international peace talks with the Taliban.
Seeking a “global consensus,” Ghani’s efforts will bring together representatives from some 20 countries this week. These include predominantly Middle Eastern countries, but the United States, Russia, and others involved in the region will also attend.
The push for peace comes amid increasingly dicey relations between the Afghan government and the militant Islamic movement.
“There is no obstacle on our side for the peace process, but we see that the Taliban are not serious,” Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said to reporters on Monday.
He and other Afghan officials have blamed the Taliban for the country’s recent spike in violence. The Taliban have mostly denied responsibility for attacks on thousands of security personnel and civilians, some of which were fatal.