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Kabul Process being held for global consensus on peace: Murtazavi

Kabul Process being held for global consensus on peace: Murtazavi

Jun 05, 2017 - 19:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Monday said the Afghan government would make efforts at building international consensus for peace during the Kabul Process Conference slated for Tuesday.

Shah Hussain Murtazavi, acting spokesman for the Presidential Palace, told a news conference here that the Kabul Process meeting would bring together high-ranking representatives from 25 countries and three international institutions.

The meeting was expected to be attended by delegations on either deputy foreign ministerial level or special representatives from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, India, Pakistaninfo-icon, Iran, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, the UK, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden,  Italy, the US, Canada, Australia.

Special representatives from the United Nations, the European Union and NATOinfo-icon would also be in attendance.

Murtazavi said: “The Kabul Process meeting is being held to enable us to have a strong regional and trans-regional consensus aimed at peace.”

He said President Ashraf Ghani would express a clear and specific viewpoint of Afghanistaninfo-icon at the meeting.

The Afghanistan people have been the victim of the war over the past 40 years, he lamented, adding despite the fact that the Afghan government had always pointed towards the threat of terrorism; but regional countries and the worldinfo-icon were yet to take it seriously.

Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman, said insecurity, combating terrorism, ensuring security and Afghanistan’s vision for peace would be high on the agenda of the meeting.

“The Afghan peace strategy shows the Afghanistan’s conflict is a multi dimensional one; these dimensions help us understand the issue that why bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan is that much difficult?”

According to him, terrorism in Afghanistan wasn’t an internal problem, but more than 20 terrorist groups were involved in the Afghan war, with most coming from neighboring countries.

Mustaghni emphasized that terrorism wasn’t only a threat to Afghanistan but to regional countries and the international community.

Therefore, he said, there was the need for consensus, a united agreement, and joint efforts on regional and international level for effectively combating terrorism.

Javid Faisal, deputy spokesman for the CEO, also spoke on the occasion, calling the Kabul Process meeting as vital. He stressed the need for support from all political groups and figures of Afghanistan for the meeting.

“Efforts are being made inside and outside of the country to sabotage the conference,” he claimed, saying all political groups and figures should keep the national interests supreme.


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