By: Lailuma Noori
US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in his visit to Kabul has met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan government officials. In the meeting between President Ghani and Zalmay Khalilzad, continued political, diplomatic, security, defense and economic cooperation were discussed. The US delegation led by US special peace envoy for Afghanistan by pointing to US proposed $3.3 billion assistance to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) reiterated of the US administration’s continued support to ANDSF particularly the Afghan air force, economic and human rights sector.
The delegation has said that US will make effort towards an independent, united, impartial, democratic and peaceful Afghanistan, where all achievements of the past two decades are protected and strengthened.
In the meeting, the US special envoy for Afghanistan has said his country is firmly supporting the peace process as effort is underway towards creating consensus in support of peace in world and regional level, adding that it is time that all sides to the ongoing conflict reduce violence and resume serious peace talks.
It is now time for the Taliban group to stop bloodshed and say “yes” to permanent ceasefire in the country. Afghan political experts believe that there are three options to break the current deadlock in peace talks. “Firstly, the US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation can at least convince the Taliban group to say “yes” for the ceasefire. Secondly, good to talk with Islamabad or exert pressure on the government of Pakistan to bring the Taliban group for peace talks. The third option is war,” Afghan experts said.
If all sides to ongoing conflict enter to peace talks, there will be lots of issues which should be considered.
For example, the demands and visions of the Afghan people, permanent ceasefire, guaranteeing of the republic system, protection of human rights and women rights and others need to be considered and debated in peace talks with the Taliban group. For now, there is international consensus for Afghanistan peace and all countries are against military solution of the dispute. The international consensus is aimed to help Afghanistan reach lasting peace and stability. The world countries have agreed on peace talks as efforts are underway for acceleration of peace efforts so that the Afghan government and Taliban resume talks as soon as possible. Starting meetings between officials of Afghanistan and Pakistan, demand of US, Germany and other countries as India, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia for resumption of peace talks have shown that all countries have reached to a conclusion that continued war in Afghanistan will result in increasing insecurities in the region. Therefore, there is both regional and international consensus for Afghanistan peace. This comes amid of increasing insecurities and Taliban attacks in almost all provinces of the country.