“Republican system solution to Afghan mire”


KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during his trip to Doha discussed bilateral relations with Qatari officials and said the world has now reached a consensus on peace and development in Afghanistan.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said that Ghani during his meeting with the Qatari prime minister conferred on strengthening bilateral relations, economic cooperation, the peace process and other crucial issues.

On his part, Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani, assured that they supported a lasting peace and development in Afghanistan.

Moreover, Ghani stated that the world has reached a consensus on peace and development in Afghanistan, and Afghans and even the Taliban fighters were tired of the conflict.

Before visiting Qatar, Ghani traveled to Kuwait on Monday and shared his condolences with Kuwaiti officials over the demise of the country’s former Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The source added that the president also met with members of the republican negotiating team. “The nation wants the four-decade conflict fundamentally resolved and the nation sees this solution in the republic system,” Ghani was quoted as saying in the meeting.

“The government and the whole Afghan nation are proud of their negotiators because you have proved that confidence in you is a principled decision.”

He lauded the government’s peace-negotiating team for demonstrating the required level of patience and tolerance.

Meanwhile, Seddiq Seddiqi, spokesman to the president, on Monday said that Ghani would stay in Qatar for two days for discussing bilateral relations with Qatari officials and the Afghan peace process.