Ashraf Ghani wants fresh start with Pakistan
Kabul (Web Desk): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that Kabul is ready for talks with Pakistan, adding that they want to forget the past and start a new chapter.
Ghani made the remarks during a speech at the opening of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation which went under way today
He also called for a rapprochement with neighboring Pakistan, which is widely blamed for supporting the Taliban, a claim it denies.
“We will be ready to start talks with Pakistan and forget the bitter experiences of the past and start a new chapter,” Ghani said.
Ghani also offered to recognize the Taliban insurgents as a legitimate political group. He added that Afghan government will provide security for those Taliban who join the peace process.
He added that the peace process and a ceasefire must be agreed upon and that Taliban must be declared a political group.
In a message to the Taliban, the Afghan president said peace is in their hands today and called on the group to accept peace and come together to save this country together.
For confidence-building measures, Ghani said a cease-fire will be enforced, a political framework will be established, and steps will be taken to free Taliban prisoners as well as lift sanctions imposed on the group.
Ghani underlined the need to re-integrate the Taliban in the political and economic spheres while stressing the importance of international backing for the course.