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Tashkent Summit on Afghanistan peace & role of regional countries

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Tashkent Summit on Afghanistan peace & role of regional countries

 The two-day Tashkent Summit on Afghanistan peace held in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, can be a path towards reaching peace in Afghanistan.

The Tashkent Summit was held after the Kabul Process II Conference held last month in Kabul where Afghanistan government offered a new peace plan to the Taliban for talks with the government. The plan which was considered as unprecedented has been welcomed by the international community.
In connection with effectiveness of the summit in Tashkent, High Peace Council (HPC) says undoubtedly national, international and regional conferences on Afghanistan peace are practical steps being followed jointly by Afghanistan government, HPC and other relevant government organs to take such steps in regional and international level based on Afghanistan National Reconciliation and Peace Strategy that has been newly codified.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Lower House of parliament while considering the Tashkent Conference as key for Afghanistan peace says it support and welcome any move that taken towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.
“Any national and international conferences held inside and outside of Afghanistan can have direct impacts on all process in particular peace and stability. We hope Tashkent Conference will end with a positive result,” said Hashimi, a member of Afghanistan parliament.
Shekib Mustaghni, a spokesperson to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says Afghanistan government welcomes any plans that can bring lasting peace to the country and hopes that conferences on Afghanistan can pave the way for peace.
Afghan experts believe that regional countries are making effort to take role in Afghanistan issues in particular bringing peace as they are facing with increasing threats of terrorist groups in particular Daesh.
“Regional countries can play effective role in solution of Afghanistan issues and maintaining stability in the country. The Tashkent Conference is held at a time when finding a political settlement to Afghanistan issue and ending the war and violence in the country have changed now to world and regional issue as most of countries of the world have welcomed the Afghan government peace offer,” said Jamal Farahmand, and Afghan political expert.
Related to role of regional countries, deputy minister of borders and tribal affairs asserted, “Afghanistan is located among the three zones such as Central Asia, South Asia and Middle East; thus, other regional countries such as Russia and its allies will also have effective role in Afghanistan issues.”
He added that the people of Afghanistan expect that all regional countries even Iran should make effort and honestly work with Afghanistan in various fields such as economic development, expansion of regional cooperation, peace process and counter terrorism effort as Afghanistan is a connecting point to all regional countries.
Deputy minister of borders and tribal affairs asserted that regional countries could tighten and expand their relations with Afghanistan at the time when they show their commitment in practice, but Pakistan has never been honest in its commitments to Afghanistan although Afghan government has repeatedly shown its clear stance towards neighboring countries.
Unfortunately, Pakistan has been now known as a country that supports terrorist groups fighting in Afghanistan. Liwal noted that the people of Afghanistan were asking the international community in particular the US administration to exert necessary pressures on Pakistan to stop supporting the groups and take serious action against terrorist safe havens in its soil.
It is worth mentioning that various national and international conferences have been held on Afghanistan peace, but no positive results have been seen so far from such conferences.