Taliban has ‘no will’ for peace : Afghan President

Kabul : President Ashraf Ghani in his Eid speech on Tuesday said that the recent actions of the Taliban prove that the group has “no will” for peace and the government’s decisions will be made based on that.

Ghani said that the government’s decision to send a high-ranking delegation to Doha for negotiations is an ultimatum.

“Taliban made clear many things. Mr. Abdullah(head of the government’s delegation at Doha) told me some minutes ago that there is no will for peace in Taliban. We sent the delegation to do the ultimatum and to show that we have the will for peace and we are ready for sacrifice for it, but they (Taliban) have no will for peace and we should make decisions based on this,” Ghani said.

Ghani pointed out that the government released 5,000 Taliban prisoners yet the group has not been ready for meaningful talks.

Ghani dedicated this Eid to the Afghan forces in honor of their sacrifices and courage, especially during the last three months.

“Afghanistan’s security and defense forces have made many sacrifices in the last 20 years, especially in the last three months, to defend this soil and honor of this homeland, sincerely,” Ghani said.

President Ghani added that he has spent the last week working on an “urgent and practical plan” to overcome the current situation. President Ghani asked Afghans to be united.

“This plan has been prepared. It has two parts in terms of security,” he said.

He assured that a firm stance by the people for the next three to six months will change the situation.

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