Afghans suffer violence beyond endurance, says Pres. Ghani


KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani during a side event of the Geneva summit has said the violence that Afghans were suffering was beyond endurance.

The two-day international conference on Afghanistan began Monday in the Swiss city of Geneva with the participation of representatives from 70 countries and 30 organizations.

The first day was titled “bringing a durable peace” that was chaired by Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar and a European Union commissioner.

Meanwhile, Ghani addressing an event on the sidelines of the summit said Afghanistan’s dream was to become a roundabout of Asia, saying his country did not want charity but connectivity.

He stressed a strong regional consensus was essential to creating sustainable peace in the country.

A sustainable peace could be achieved by developing a common understanding of the current context and having reached an agreed-upon end state for a political settlement in Afghanistan, he said, adding “the violence that our people suffer is beyond endurance the window is short; please help take advantage of it.”

On the other hand, he suggested five initiatives to help improve regional connectivity and enhance trade between regional partners and Afghanistan. Ghani said “understanding the deep suffering of the Afghan people during the last four years help us achieve our goal of becoming a nation roundabout.”

The President concluded that a sovereign, united, democratic Afghanistan will be an asset to the region and the world.

This comes as the Geneva Summit is expected to renew financial commitments for another four years to Afghanistan, a country dependent on foreign aids and funds to provide military and civil budgets.