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US, NATO renew commitments to Afghanistan

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US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg renewed their commitment to Afghanistan during their visit to Kabul on Wednesday. During joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace, Mattis and Stoltenberg pledged the support of US and NATO allies to the ongoing conflict in the country. They expressed determination to stop the country from becoming a safe haven for terrorists. President Ghani, while jointly briefing newsmen, said, “we want to pursue peace on two fronts; first, peace with Pakistan, through state-to-state dialogue and second we seek inter-Afghan peace process. It is proven fact that no one can impose their will on the people of Afghanistan through war”. He insisted that peace will also pave the way for strong defense against international terrorism and economic development. “I call on our neighbors, near and far, from India to Russia, to participate in regional reconciliation, in order to bring regional stability”, he said, adding, “combating terrorism effectively requires a regional and global consensus, and this risk must be taken serious”.

 

Islamabad reacts at President Ghani’s remarks of ‘Peace with Pakistan First’

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Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawajah Asif on Saturday reacted at President Ghani’s remarks regarding Kabul’s readiness to hold peace talks with Pakistan. Asif told reporters “Pakistan’s position on Afghanistan is very clear: we want to see peace and stability in the country.” In his message on the first day of Eid Al-Adha, President Ghani said the Afghan government is fully prepared for the peace talks and that negotiations with Pakistan for peace is on the agenda of the government.Previously, he Afghan officials have been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network to use its soil for planning and coordinating attacks in Afghanistan, calling it as one of the major barriers in forcing the militant groups to participate in talks.

Pakistan will play its due role for peace in Afghanistan: Asif responds to Ghani’s overture

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Yesterday President Ghani stated that “We are ready for comprehensive political talks: peace with Pakistan is in our national agenda”, going over the last diplomatic difficulties between the two countries. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Saturday that Islamabad is willing to join hands with Kabul to see peace and stability in the region. Diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been rocky in the past few months. The relationship between the two hyphenated neighbours has been on downward slide since an uptick in Taliban violence in Afghanistan. In July last year, President Ghani had said that the peace initiatives taken by Kabul with Islamabad were not successful as the latter differentiated between good and bad terrorists “in practice”.

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