Turkey to host Afghan Peace Conference from April 16

KABUL: A 10-day long Afghanistan peace conference will begin in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 16.

The Afghan government and the Taliban agreed to accelerate the peace process following a conference in Moscow in March, after the talks in Qatar’s Doha hit a deadlock.

US President Joe Biden put forward a new peace plan in early March which laid out several suggestions including the convening of a multi-partner conference on accelerating the peace process.

The US proposed the conference to bring together Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, and the US to discuss a unified approach to support peace in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the US special envoy is on a visit to Kabul where he is expected to discuss the upcoming Turkey conference with political leaders.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib stated: “We are in contact with the Turkish side. They want to hold a successful summit.”

Mohib emphasized the need for a democratic way to transfer power.

He stated that the government is ready for holding early presidential elections and that “President Ghani will not run in the elections.”
“This government is elected by the people, the people have voted and if another government is formed via people’s vote then it is okay but the government has no right to give people’s decision to 40 people that they decide the future of Afghanistan,” Mohib said.

“Today anyone wants to take part in the future government they have to prepare to run for elections,” he stated.

The State Ministry for Peace Affairs is also expected to hand over the Afghan politicians’ stance on Biden’s proposed peace plan for setting up an interim government in Afghanistan to the High Council for the National Reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Seven political parties, including Jamiat-e-Islami, Hizb-e-Islami, Wahdat-e-Islami and Junbish-e-Milli, in a statement have welcomed upcoming Turkey on Afghanistan, hoping it will find a solution to end the war in the country.

Abdul Sattar Murad, a member of the Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan Party, said: “The Afghan government has made a unified plan for both the US and the Istanbul summit during the last one week.”

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