Peace with Taliban to help in combating IS-K: Mohib

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KABUL: The Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib on Saturday said that a triumphant peace with the Taliban would allow the Afghan government to focus its resources on countering the Islamic State Group-Khurasan (IS-K) and their deadly attacks across the country.

Addressing the Manama Dialogue security conference held in the Bahraini capital, he stated: “We do face many threats… so our resources are stretched.”

This comes as the so-called IS-K group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on vulnerable targets in the country, including the Kabul University attack on November 2 that killed students and professors.

“Of course, their attacks are quite damaging, they bring a lot of fear to our people, and we are working very hard to prevent them from attacking our cities,” he told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“One of the reasons we’re focused on this peace process with the Taliban is that if we were to achieve peace with the Taliban, our security forces would be able to divert their capabilities onto terrorist groups like Daesh (IS) and then we can contain them much easier,” he added.

The intra-Afghan peace talks have made progress in recent days, finalizing the code of conduct for further talks that will allow the process move to the next stage of setting out the negotiations agenda.

“It has been a long conflict, four decades — to end that conflict, there are, of course, many grievances that need to be addressed,” Mohib outlined.

“Everyone’s tired. The Afghan people demand to end this conflict, but there are many differences,” he said. “But I think in good spirit, we will be able to achieve peace.”