Abdullah calls on Pres. Ghani to discuss developments in peace 


KABUL: In a meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the National Reconciliation High Council head, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani emphasized the need for an immediate truce in the ongoing Afghan peace talks with the Taliban.
In a statement released on Monday, the presidential office said Ghani was flanked by two of his deputies and the National Security Advisor. 
According to the statement, the meeting focused on recent happenings in the peace process, adding both the leaders expressed concerns regarding the increased violence across the country and called ceasefire a “must.”
This is while the Afghan negotiators are engaged with the Taliban representatives in the second round of intra-Afghan talks since Jan. 6 to find ways to end 40 years of conflict and achieve permanent peace.
However, according to official sources, the talks did not see any actual progress.
Abdullah had also said earlier that the talks were not moving on as planned, and the Taliban did not shun violence. He, however, noted he had not lost hope for pursuing the talks.