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President Ghani hopeful for possible peace deal with Taliban

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KABUL:President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a wide-ranging appearance by videoconference at Johns Hopkins University, where he was formerly a professor, voiced confidence on Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency — but warned Pakistan’s alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility.
“I feel that it is now not a question of if, but when,” “All wars have to end politically. There are very few wars, particularly the wars of the 21st century, that are going to end militarily,” he said.
According to the AFP, President Ghani, who is running for re-election next year, said he was offering unconditional talks and pointed to an unprecedented ceasefire with the Taliban in June as a hopeful sign.
“There is total agreement between the US government and Afghan government to move the peace process forward,” President Ghani said, while stressing that Kabul rather than Washington would lead the negotiations.
“I am committed to this, to make it happen, because it is a demand of the society.”
President Ghani said that last month’s killing of senior Afghan general Abdul Raziq, by a shooter who Kabul says trained in Pakistan, has “brought an intense level of distrust.” “We equally offer peace to Pakistan to put an end to the undeclared state of hostilities between our two countries,” President Ghani said.
The president said he had not seen a “substantive and measurable change” from Pakistan under its new prime minister, Imran Khan.
He said he that wanted assurances in any peace deal that the Taliban, if laying down their arms, were not simply “going to be replaced by another state-sponsored group.”
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