By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: 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, a presidential press office statement said yesterday.
President Ghani said the government and the 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.
President Ghani commended the Afghan Defense and Security Forces who are defending the country with valor and determination and paying sacrifices on daily basis and added, “You are the team that connects and not divides. The Afghan nation want an end to the forty-years of suffering and crisis,” the president was quoted in the statement as saying.
“The Afghan people, even the Taliban combatants, are fed up with war and this fatigue should certainly be understood,” said the president while underlining that there is global consensus on peace and development in Afghanistan.
Referring to the recent MoUs signed between the Government and the Australian Fortescue Metals Group, as well as discussions underway with Siemens on generation of electrical power through wind, the president underscored the government is putting any efforts in place to attract foreign investment into Afghanistan as an effort to implement large projects and improve the people’s living conditions.
First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh lauded the negotiating delegation for their high spirit, patience and commitment and said the Afghan flags being hoisted in the streets of Doha today conveys a message to the other side that the Republic can embrace and integrate them, the statement added.
The first vice president said understanding the negotiation approaches, dealing with media and raising the issues in a proper manner has further enhanced your moral position, and we leave no stone unturned to support and strengthen your position.
Masoum Stanikza, head of the Afghan government’s negotiating delegation said the roadmap that the delegation pursues is grounded on is in line with the Afghanistan Constitution, national interests, and mandate of the Consultative Peace Jirga.
Masoum Stanikzai called the negotiating delegation a unified team with a rallying voice, striving to bring sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan. He stressed that the negotiating delegation is aware of all negotiations complexity and dimensions and have held various meetings with the other side of negotiation in various areas.
Head of the GoIRA’s negotiating delegation added that diversity, wisdom, capacity and unity are the Afghan delegation’s strength points that can provide a clear picture of a modern Afghanistan and its perspectives to other side of negotiations.