Coordination with US on peace strengthens: Ghani

Create: 06/13/2019 - 09:41

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, who met with US special envoy for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Wednesday, said coordination between the Afghan government and the US over the peace process had strengthened.
On the other hand, the president said the international community had no intention to leave Afghanistan without a clear roadmap for the country.
A statement from the Presidential Palace received by Pajhwok Afghan News said President Ghani met with Khalilzad in his office this morning.
A number of politicians, ulema, civil society activists, youth, women, private sector representatives, parliamentarians and some other figures also attended the meeting.
Khalilzad is on his seventh visit to Kabul as part of his efforts to push forward the Afghan peace process and has so far met with officials of several countries including Pakistan, Belgium, Germany, Qatar and the UAE in this regard.
The statement said President Ghani welcomed Khalilzad and praised his efforts and said the Consultative Jirga on peace had developed a roadmap for the government, which he added would be implemented step by step.
Ghani said coordination on the peace process between the Afghan government and the US had strengthened compared to the past as both sides were sharing constant information in this regard.
He said there was also an international consensus on a permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Discussions between Afghanistan, the US and the EU about the Afghan peace process were continually ongoing and Germany would have a role of facilitator in the process, he said.
On the other hand, Zalmai Khalilzad also said an international consensus had been created on the Afghan reconciliation process and there was the need for a similar consensus on regional level.
He said the process needed coordination and unity. “We are entering a new phase and the role of regional countries is important in the Afghan peace process,” he added.
Khalilzad also answered questions asked by a number of participants of the meeting.
President Ghani thanked the participants for their active presence and said the international community had understood they need to think in long-term about Afghanistan and it would not leave the country without a clear roadmap.