Geneva: President Ashraf Ghani said the Afghan people, the government and the international community share a vision of a sovereign, unified, democratic Afghanistan at peace with itself, the region and the world, capable of preserving and expanding the gains of the past two decades.
While addressing the opening ceremony of the Afghanistan 2020 Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to agree on an immediate ceasefire to move the peace process forward and end the suffering of the people of the country.
President Ghani said that despite the suffering, “our commitments to negotiations with the Taliban remain firm”, TOLO news reported.
“We need to create a strong regional consensus for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan,” Ghani said.
“The ultimate result of our work moving forward, and the ultimate benefit of our committed partnership, comes when we move past the war, the poverty, and the pandemic,” Ghani said.
He also said that after the international forces reduced from 150,000 in 2011, to below 10,000 in Afghanistan, the Afghan security forces “successfully took over responsibility for security and counter-terrorism operations in 2015”.
We have held the frontline in the global fight against terrorism. We held our provinces. When Taliban managed to take temporary control of a district, we quickly took back most of them, Ghani said.
Ghani said that in Doha, the Afghan Republic negotiating team is working on making peace, and responsibility for ushering the peace-making process forward is now in the hands of the two negotiating teams at the table.
We must create conditions of well-being. We must also create rules of the game, so that we do not find ourselves pulled backwards by vacuums of governance in which destructive forces can thrive, such as corruption, unequal distribution of resources, and internal conflict, he stated.
Ghani said the Afghan people, the government and the international community share a vision of a sovereign, unified, democratic Afghanistan at peace with itself, the region and the world, capable of preserving and expanding the gains of the past two decades.
Our three-pillar approach of peace, state and market-building presented in the second Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework were validated and further enriched through a series of workshops with our partners in a spirit of genuine openness from both sides, he said.