India hails Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer on Taliban talks

Border tension India Pak need to talk US

Border tension India Pak need to talk US

India's foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, who was in Kabul for the conference attended by representatives from 26 countries, the European Union, the United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, also met with Afghan and American leaders.

The US, he said, has preserved its valuable military-to-military relationship with Pakistan and attempted to increase transparency and communication with influential military leaders, while pressing its serious concerns about the country's provision of sanctuary and support to militant and terrorist groups that target the US personnel and interests. He stressed there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. It is, perhaps, for the first time that no pre-conditions have been attached to talks with Taliban and the offer includes ceasefire and release of prisoners besides holding of fresh elections and a constitutional review.

Ghani also called on Pakistan to hold talks government to government and said: "We will be ready to starts talks with Pakistan and forget the past and start a new chapter". "We look forward to being a part of that meeting", she added.

01 de marzo de 2018, 14:50Islamabad, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan confirmed today the readiness of the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, to open negotiations with the Taliban while proposing itself as the mediator in the planned dialogue to try to end the conflict in the neighboring country.

What Afghan President has offered can form a basis of significant and substantive peace process that could lead to restoration of durable peace and stability to war-torn Afghanistan.

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Ghani said the Taliban, in return, should recognise the Kabul administration while upholding the law of the country.

Ghani also announced the Afghan government will provide passports to Taliban members and their families and will issue visas, open an office for them - even in Kabul - and will also work to remove sanctions against Taliban leaders.

He went on to say the Afghan government and the worldwide community have analyzed the scale and scope of the threat and drafted numerous resolutions and agreements to address the threat, but consensus is still needed to take coordinated action among states to counter the threat.

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