Ghani, Khalilzad Discuss Peace, Turkey Conference


KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the US Special Representative for the Afghan Peace Process Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the Afghan peace process and arrangements for the upcoming Turkish conference.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said that Ghani and Khalilzad, during a meeting on Saturday evening, talked about the recent developments in the peace process and preparations for the Turkey conference. 
The conference in Istanbul aims to bring all stakeholders of the Afghan conflict together to negotiate a peaceful settlement to end the four-decade war. No official date has been announced for the summit, but some reports earlier said that it would be held on April 16. 
Khalilzad also met with Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation.
The US envoy’s visit to Kabul comes on the eve of the Turkey conference, during which the Afghan government and political parties would present a unified peace plan.
The HCNR’s leadership committee has been working for the last two weeks to unify peace proposals from different political groups and prepare a single plan for the occasion.
During an interview with the BBC, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh also said that the Afghan Republic would present a single plan to the summit. One of the critical issues of this plan includes early elections, he said.