By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday dissolved the secretariat of the country’s High Peace Council.
Addressing reporters, the president’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqi, said that the president issued a decree to dissolve the body. Later, he said to social media that it was the body’s secretariat which was dissolved.
The HPC had been established in 2010 during Hamid Karzai rule to negotiate with the Taliban, however, its effectiveness was largely questioned.
The move to dissolve the secretariat of the body comes as the government is working to form a team to negotiate with the Taliban. The group has held seven rounds of talks with the United States.
Sediqi said that henceforth the HPC’s affairs will be transferred to the newly established state ministry for peace affairs.