By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday, introduced acting ministers for the vote of confidence to the Wolesi Jirga, the Presidential Palace said.
A ceremony was held at the House of People compound, where the president was accompanied by his first and second vice-presidents and some other government high-ranking officials, the presidential palace said in a statement.
Welcoming the president, Wolesi Jirga Speaker, Mir Rahman Rahmani, spoke on the occasion and said the House of People was representing the will of the people of Afghanistan and defends the system of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and achievements of the last two decades, according to the statement.
Rahmani referred to the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban, saying dullness of the process has disappointed the people about the peace talks.”
“The Wolesi Jirga supports the stance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and emphasizes for the preservation of the system and the powerful state institutions and wants it directly involved in the peace negotiations,” the statement quoted the house speaker as saying.
“For the urgency in the issuance of the laws, I welcome the clear principles in the relation between the ministers and the parliamentarians,” said the country’s president as quoted by the statement.
The president also commended the bravery, courage and devotion of the country’s defense and security forces and said they were real guardians of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and committed to the values of the rule of law and defenders of Afghanistan’s independence, national security and freedom. “Their heroism and devotion will not be forgotten.”
The president thanked the Wolesi Jirga for its role in the resolution of the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga and blamed the Taliban for continuation of violence, despite assurance for observing ceasefire and stopping violence made during the jirga, the statement added.
“The enemy’s recent attacks in Helmand, Ghor and other parts of the country, indicates that they still believe in false victory narrative,” the president quoted.
The president said he had instructed the related organs during the National Security Council meeting, for addressing the needs and requirements of the country’s security and defense forces martyrs’ families.
Referring to his recent few days’ discussion with the US high-ranking officials, the president said they assured him of their continued commitments about Afghanistan.
About the government preparation for the upcoming Geneva Conference, he said the US cooperates with them in preparation for the conference and that the US commitments for cooperation with the country in the fields of health and education, was long term. “Capacity is also available in our government, society and economy to ensure the future.”
He said there was no relation between terrorism and the holy relation of Islam and that suicide and terrorism tactics with no religious base.
The president said that the Taliban should clearly assure the people of Afghanistan that they avoid militancy and supporting terrorist networks and prioritize being Afghan and Muslim.
The president reiterated the stance of the Taliban on peace process and said: “The government negotiating team suggests that the differences should be addressed in the light of the Holy Quran, the Prophet hadith and Sharia, but the Taliban reject and said their agreement with the US should only be the basis.”
“We should reach an agreement on fundamental draft of state reforms, a small minority has defamed Afghanistan, we should implement a throughout reforms with a national will and focus on the districts,” President Ghani noted.
To conclude with, the president said he introduces the new cabinet members of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and by applying it, they would have a coherent team in the implementation of the national views.