Ghani, Abdullah confer on peace, HCNR structure

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KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has met the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), conferring on the supreme council for peace and its formation, said a statement from the Presidential Palace on Friday.


The statement said the meeting happened on Thursday evening wherein both the leaders talked about the progress made in the peace process and the challenges facing it so far.  


Matters related to the structure of HCNR members, particularly filling the remaining vacant positions, were tabled for discussion. Abdullah also briefed the president on his recent trip to Iran.


During the meeting, the National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib briefed the president and chairman of the HCNR over the security situation and the recent surge in the Taliban attacks.


HCNR was established in August this year to lead peace talks with the Taliban following a political deal between the two leaders in May.


Earlier, the power struggle between President Ghani and Abdullah over appointments to HCNR – comprised of 46 members – had undermined prospects for effective and unified leadership in the peace process.