Kandahar offers to host next round of intra-Afghan negotiations


KANDAHAR: Announcing stringent support to President Ashraf Ghani’s recent remarks on intra-Afghan negotiations, the governor of southern Kandahar province on Tuesday offered to host the next round of peace parleys within the province.

This comes as President Ashraf Ghani, in a cabinet meeting, on Monday said that the next round of the intra-Afghan peace process should be held in Afghanistan.

Ghani’s remarks came as National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib had also recently proposed that the rest of the negotiations should be held within the country.

This is while the Afghan government negotiators returned to Kabul, taking a break from the three-month-long discussions until the next round of the talks gets going.  

Kandahar Governor Hayatullah Hayat, in a video clip released to media, called on the Taliban that Kandahar citizens were ready to host the future rounds of intra-Afghan talks.

Flanked by the provincial council head and Kandahar’s peace committee chief, Hayat described Kandahar as a conflict-resolving region throughout the country’s history because it had played key roles in this regard.

“It would be an honor if Kandahar was chosen as the home for the rest of the stages in the Afghan peace process.”