By: Suraya Raiszada
KABUL: Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib emphasized the need for a democratic way to transfer power, adding that the government is ready for holding early presidential elections and that “President Ghani will not run in the elections.” NSA Mohib also assured Afghan people that their government would never go under pressures and would submit the power through democratic ways to the next president.
“This government is elected by the people, the people have voted and if another government is formed via people’s vote then it is okay but the government has no right to give people’s decision to 40 people that they make a decision over the future of Afghanistan,” NSA Mohib said.
Hinting at upcoming Istanbul meeting on Afghan peace process, NSA Mohib said “We are in contact with the Turkish side. They want to hold a successful summit.”
He added: “Today anyone wants to take part in the future government they have to prepare to run for elections,” he stated.
Meanwhile, sources have told Afghan media that the Istanbul summit on the Afghan peace process will run for 10 days from April 16.
US President Joe Biden put forward a new peace plan in early March which laid out a number of suggestions including the convening of a multi-partner conference on accelerating the peace process.
The US proposed the conference to bring together Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, and the US to discuss a unified approach to support peace in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan politicians said that government wants to mobilize all its support for the Istanbul summit.