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Afghan govt prepares peace road map for Turkey meeting: Omar

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Senior presidential advisor on communication and strategic affairs, Waheed Omar, on Thursday dispelled rumors that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will present only an early election plan at the scheduled Istanbul meeting, and said he will however put forward a proposed roadmap to peace.
According to Omar the transfer of power via elections was just one part of the plan. “The president has prepared a roadmap for peace. This roadmap is not in response to reject or accept the plans of others, but it’s the government’s roadmap for peace,” he added.
This comes as reports indicated earlier this week that President Ghani prepared a new plan for early elections in the country, which will be presented at the upcoming Turkey meeting.
Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, meanwhile, rejected an early election plan, and said the group would not participate in such elections.
This comes after President Ghani on Wednesday once again stated he was opposed to the establishment of an interim government and emphasized that Afghanistan will remain independent.
Addressing guests at an event to mark the inauguration of Kamal Khan Dam, Ghani said that “papers, plans and rumors are coming,” but Afghanistan will remain “independent.”

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