Afghan president wants Taliban-Pakistan ties discussed in peace talks

  • Date of Publication : 11/03/2019 at 09:58 GMT
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday that ties between the Taliban and Pakistan should be discussed in peace talks.

“Presence of international troops in Afghanistan could be discussed in peace talks, but the question is when would the issue of Taliban’s ties with Pakistan be discussed?” Ghani said in a ceremony in the presidential palace on International Women’s Day.

The president said that the Afghan people want guarantee that any peace agreement would lead to security across Afghanistan.

He said that the issue of ties with terrorist networks has been discussed to some extent, but he also called for discussion on Taliban involvement in illegal economic activities.

He also warned of consequence in the absence of careful deliberation.

“International experiences show that peace deals made without careful deliberation not only failed to bring security, but caused another type of insecurity,” Ghani said.

Referring to the issue of women’s rights in the wake of peace talks with the Taliban, Ghani said that the government has dealt with the issue according to Islamic principles.

The president said that poverty remains as the fundamental problem for women and that most of the victims of violence against women are poor.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah appreciated international funding to promote women’s rights in Afghanistan, but he said that some projects had little impact on the situation of women.

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