Advisory Board for Peace won’t be parallel to HPC: President Ghani

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday assured that the advisory board being formed as part of peace efforts is not going to act as a parallel body to High Peace Council, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
In his series of meetings on establishment of advisory board for peace, President Ghani held consultative meetings with representatives of the political parties, Uzbek & Turkmen elders, HPC delegation and representatives of Hazara community at the Presidential Palace.
President Ghani has been holding meetings to discuss the advisory board for peace process and formation of negotiating team with the Taliban, the statement added.
Meeting with High Peace Council leadership and members, the president reiterated that the advisory board will not be a parallel body to HPC, but rather an “inclusive board which will advise the government and HPC on issues of national significance including peace.”
Meanwhile HPC chairman Karim Khalili briefed the president on council’s achievements and praised President Ghani’s efforts for peace in the country.
According to another report, in a separate meeting that attended by Uzbek and Turkmen elders, President Ghani said the regional and international conditions are ready for peace, adding the process should be led expediently.
Praising President’s consultative meetings with Afghan nation, Turkmen and Uzbek elders expressed their views on peace process and establishment of board, asking president to consider balance and capacity while forming the advisory board for peace.
Meanwhile in separate meeting with political parties’ representatives, President Ghani said peace was the only demand of Afghan nation and main priority for the government, adding the main goal behind establishment of the advisory board for peace is to establish a specific address for peace negotiations and making it successful.
Representing others, Najibullah Hotak and Habibullah Tokhi spoke related to the issue and thanked president’s move for holing consultative meetings with different segments of society.
In a meeting with members of Overall Council for Sunni Hazara, the president said government’s main duty was to bring peace in the country, assuring them of including their opinions in all spheres, including that of peace in the country.
The council’s members also thanked president’s national vision, breaking the monopoly, decisive actions against powerful individuals, reformation and expressed their views in line with establishment of the advisory board for peace.
The Kabul Times

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