Ghani implicitly approves formation of an interim government

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KABUL: After long rejecting an interim government’s establishment, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, at a regional conference on Tuesday, implied to consent to a proposed transitional government.


During the Heart of Asia ministerial conference in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, Ghani said forming a “government for peacebuilding” was part of establishing peace in Afghanistan. The country’s current elected leadership and “other Afghans” would form such a government, he added.


Ghani had previously opposed the formation of a provisional government, insisting instead on turning over authority to an elected government in line with the country’s Constitution. However, from his Tuesday address, it was unclear what his future position would be.


This while the Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underlined that the May 1 deadline for all U.S. troops withdrawal from Afghanistan is “not a deadline that could have ever been achieved.”


Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he would not stick to the timetable, claiming that it would be “difficult” to withdraw forces by that date.


He also confirmed that he does not expect American troops to be stationed in Afghanistan next year.