Merge into Afghan forces against IS-K: Ghani asks Taliban

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday called upon the Taliban fighters to integrate into the Afghan armed forces and join efforts to eliminate the Islamic State-Khorasan militants in the country.


“The reason we want peace with Taliban” is because once the militants are reintegrated into the Afghan society “we will be able to isolate these much more larger networks” of Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, Ghani said at the Doha-based think tank named Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS).


Moreover, in the address to the CHS, President Ghani also stated that the Taliban shouldn’t fear a ceasefire but must work up the courage to reconcile with Afghans.


He stated the conflict in Afghanistan was not a civil war but a regional war embedded in global conflict.


Meanwhile, during his two-day state visit to Qatar that ended on Tuesday, Ghani met with local leaders and his own government’s negotiators in order to push peace efforts forward.


The US special envoy on Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, is also in the Qatari capital of Doha to drum up support for the Afghan peace process.


Despite nearly a month of talks between the negotiating teams of the Afghan government and the Taliban, they are yet to agree on a code of conduct or procedural rules intended to guide the formal talks ahead.