Afghan government offers offices to Taliban

Kabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said that his government is ready to allow the Taliban to open an office in Kabul, Kandahar or Nangarhar provinces to bring “lasting and honourable peace to the country”.

“If the Taliban want an office, I will give it to them in Kabul, Nangarhar or Kandahar by tomorrow.” Tolo news quoted Ghani, as saying.

“We will bring lasting and honourable peace to the country,” he added.
The President made these remarks during his visit to Nangarhar province, which is considered as a stronghold of the Taliban.

For sustainable peace, Ghani said that he is ready to sacrifice his life too.

While criticising Moscow talks which were held from February 5 to February 8, Ghani said, “The nation says that they (Afghan politicians and Taliban members) did not go to Mecca but they went to Moscow (for talks on peace); therefore, they should answer to this question.”

The government has criticised the talks from the beginning by saying that the talks hosted by Russia were against the spirit of Afghan-led and owned peace process.
The government also lodged a complaint with the United Nations over a recent trip by UN-blacklisted Taliban members to Moscow to attend talks.

Despite the government disapproval, Afghanistan’s High Peace Council said that some parts of the Moscow resolution will be added to their agenda.
“The High Peace Council is studying the resolution issued at Moscow talks.

The parts of the resolution which are in favour of Afghans will be considered in daily activities of the council,” said Sayed Ehsan Taheri, spokesman for the High Peace Council.

Meanwhile, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Sunday embarked on his six-nation visit to facilitate a peace process that protects the national security interests of the United States and brings all parties in Afghanistan together into an intra-Afghan dialogue.