Pres. Ghani meets Afghan leaders on peace process


KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani conferred on issues relating to the peace negotiations with his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and Hezb-i-Da’wat chief Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the meeting focused on Afghanistan’s current situation, truce, reduction in violence, political unity and achieving a lasting settlement that could end the country’s bloodshed. 
Ghani emphasized the need for national unity, a permanent truce, and a cessation of violence, assuring of continued consultations on the peace process with political leaders and the public at such crucial times.
The meeting comes a day after Hamid Karzai visited Dr. Abdullah.
This is while it’s been more than four months since the intra-Afghan talks got underway, but the Afghan government and Taliban negotiating teams have settled upon procedural guidelines only.
On January 6th, about two weeks ago, the second round of talks between the parties began, but the two teams haven’t progressed yet. Meanwhile, the new US government says they will reexamine the peace deal negotiated under Trump’s presidency between the US and the Taliban.