Unity key to strong, prosperous Afghanistan

The intra-Afghan talks, concerning the future of peace in Afghanistan, began on September 12, 2020, in Doha, Qatar, aiming to end the decades-long war and bloodshed in the war-torn country. The Afghan delegation, comprising officials and prominent Afghans and Taliban formed, on the opening day, two “contact groups” that held several meetings to frame the agenda and rules for the intra-Afghan talks.
By September 21, the talks were deadlocked, as the contract groups failed to reach agreement on disputed points. The framework of the talks had 23 articles proposed by both the sides, which were reduced to 20, and may still change.
In a bid to push forward the intra-Afghan talks in Doha, US special envoy Khalilzad, NATO Commander Gen. Miller and representatives of a number of countries that supporting the intra-Afghans talks have reached to Doha to persuade the both sides to jump start the talks and remove the barriers before peace in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani reiterated the government’s support for the negotiating delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a meeting with them on Monday evening during his official visit to Doha, Qatar. President Ghani said the government and people of Afghanistan are proud of their negotiating delegation, praising them for earning the nation’s trust.
“I extend gratitude to you for your patience, principled approach and setting objectives in line with the Afghanistan Constitution, national interests and mandate of the Consultative Peace Jirga,” added the president. “The Afghan people, even the Taliban combatants, are fed up with war and this fatigue should certainly be understood.”
Unity and national integration have remained the main agenda of the Afghan government, especially the country’s president regarding peace and stability in the country. The president has initiated many genuine mottos and strategies for the purpose of fostering unity and peace in the country through hosting national and international debates.
Indeed, Afghanistan is a multi-national country where several beliefs, mentalities and mindsets are cherished, and individuals live a peaceful life with the spirit of brotherhood. In this society, living a quiet social life will be impossible without national integrity.
Therefore, struggles should be multiplied to strengthen national unity and all ethnic groups need to support it as a principle. They have to take effective step with bona fide intention for solidarity, unity and coexistence. Meanwhile the Afghan negotiating team for peace talks, which is a unified team and comprised of representatives from different ethnic groups, politicians, women’s representatives and Ulema should be widely supported, as they are the ones that now are at the frontline of defending our values and constitutional achievements.
Based on the emphasis made in the constitution, despite sectarian, religious, ethnic, linguistic and racial varieties, Afghanistan belongs to all tribes who are considered brethren and equal. Hence, all are responsible to make effort in support for lasting peace and stability in the country and resist against any kinds of invasion and aggression.
The Afghanistan negotiating team has so far well-performed their duties in defending our religious and republican values and they should be hailed for their high spirit, patience and commitment. Afghan flags were hoisted in the streets of Doha upon president’s official visit from the gulf state, which conveys a message to Taliban that republic can embrace and integrate them.

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