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Consensus on peace unprecedented in 40 years: Ghani

Consensus on peace unprecedented in 40 years: Ghani

Sep 27, 2017 - 15:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the current national and international consensus on peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon is unprecedented in the past 40 years.

Ghani expressed the views during a meeting with the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) chief and members at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday evening.

Mohammad Akram Khpalwak, HPC secretary who also attended the meeting, presented his report on the panel's activities and achievements to the president and praised his support.

He said productive meetings had been held in many parts of the country on International Day of Peace and all participants unanimously urged the Talibaninfo-icon to join the reconciliation process.

Khpalwak said the HPC and its five committees -- political, ulemainfo-icon, tribal elders, civil societyinfo-icon and media and public awareness -- would try spread peace messages and inform the people about the factors behind extremism.

HPC Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili also commended the position the president outlined during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“Your statement representing the nation and the state of Afghanistan was all inclusive and created more hope for the future,” Khalili told the president.

Calling peace a vital need, he thanked the president and donor countries for supporting the reconciliation effort in Afghanistan.

Ghani appreciated HPC efforts and achievements in creating general consensus. “I assure you that I the government, the state and the people are supporting you. HPC being a national organisation needs our strong support.”

He said the current national and international consensus on peace was unprecedented in the past 40 years and Afghanistan believed the new US strategy would pave the ground for stability.

“Our main goal is to ensure lasting peace and stability, national authority and law enforcement in the country, and reset our relations with regional countries in a way to ensure stability here,” he said.

Afghanistan is a country of jirgas, a culture that should be be revived, Ghani noted. All people, particularly the HPC, could play a key role in this regard, he believed.

The president also appreciated the sacrifices and bravery of the Afghan forces. “We would not have been here today if our forces had not sacrificed,” he concluded.



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