KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani warns if the peace opportunity in Afghanistan were missed and Afghanistan plunged into an unpredictable future yet again, its implications would do significant damage to regional and global peace and stability.
During a virtual meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Ghani said, “Peace in Afghanistan is within grasp if parties and their backers in the Taliban embrace a true political solution, but Afghans will not submit to surrender. It must be understood that our heroic security forces are not defeated, and neither have we lost our will or capacity for serving our people.”
The Afghan president, implicitly referring to Pakistan, said that the international community should ask the countries participating in the Afghan peace process to honor Afghanistan’s national sovereignty and stop harboring terrorism and interfering with Afghanistan’s internal affairs.
“God forbid, if Afghanistan plunges into uncertainty, there will be dire consequences for the region and the world,” Ghani said.
The remarks come as recently, General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, said that the level of aggression in Afghanistan remains too high and that the U.S. is examining the Taliban’s actions and the US-Taliban peace deal to find a path forward in the immediate future.
However, he emphasized that a conditional approach must be taken to remove American troops from Afghanistan.