Zabul people lend weight to 'shift talks home' rhetoric

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KANDAHAR: Residents of southern Zabul province in a gathering supported the government’s stance for shifting the next phases of peace negotiations to Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to respond positively to the Afghan public’s requests.
The meeting held at the governor’s house was attended by Zabul Governor Gen. Ahmad Gul Rasouli, provincial council head, Atta Jan Haqbayan, other local officials, tribal elders, Ulema, women and local people.
Tribal elders and Islamic scholars, during their speeches, asked the Taliban to stop violence and respond to the public’s voice for peace and ceasefire.
They also supported the government’s position for continuing the intra-Afghan negotiations inside the country and said Zabul was a historical place of Jirgas and negotiations; hence, it constituted a suitable place for hosting future talks.
Maryam Rahmani, deputy Zabul governor, said stressed unity, urging people to work with the local administration for peace and stability in their region.
Governor Gen. Ahmad Gul Rasouli, addressing the gathering, said that the government was committed to bringing peace and always accepted the public demand for a ceasefire and stability.
He said that Zabul was the home of prominent Afghan leaders and land where major issues would settle through mediations. He said that the province was ready to host the remaining phases of intra-Afghan talks.