NSA Mohib remarks at six-party meeting in Russia

By: The Kabul Times

President Ghani has taken bold steps towards peace from his unconditional offer for talks in early 2018 to presenting a roadmap in November 2018 and even sending a team of negotiators to UAE in December 2018; In 2019, we have made more efforts including holding the Loya Jirga and implementing its declaration but the Taliban have not reciprocated.

Afghanistan today is a different country than five years ago; it is a reliable partner for our neighbors and the region to fight our common threats and contribute to regional security and economic integration;
We desire to be seen as Afghans, not through the lenses of other countries – be it in the region or afar. We have an independent army, and our economy is growing; Partnership with our national security forces and governmental institutions at state to state level will improve our common efforts to eradicate illegal trafficking of narcotics and eliminate the threat of terrorism, separatism, and violent extremism.
Over the past year, the capability of the Afghan forces to dismantle and neutralize terrorist activities have increased significantly.
We are on the offensive and targeting Afghan, regional, and international terrorists alike in our country. Unfortunately, Afghan insurgents are providing the breeding ground for regional and international terrorist and criminal networks that threaten all of us; we are determined to fight for our people and all of you;
Over the last year, we conducted 5,313 operations against drug dealers; as a result, we seized 437 tons of narcotics and chemicals worth approximately $2.5 million; seized 400 weapons, 600 vehicles, and destroyed at least 60 centers of narcotics processing; we also arrested 400 people convicted of illegal drug dealing;
We conducted 160 operations against terrorists of which 30 operations covered 9 northern provinces of Afghanistan; through these operations we captured terrorists who are citizens of several regional countries;
Our efforts to secure our joint borders & fight drug dealers, regional terrorism and violent extremism have come at a cost. On average, we lose close to 50 of our people on a daily basis. Our people deserve to be recognized for their resilience and this enormous sacrifice they pay on behalf of the region. Partnering with our people and government will help us all achieve a stable region.
President Ghani has taken bold steps towards peace from his unconditional offer for talks in early 2018 to presenting a roadmap in November 2018 and even sending a team of negotiators to UAE in December 2018; In 2019, we have made more efforts including holding the Loya Jirga and implementing its declaration but the Taliban have not reciprocated.
Now is the time for regional countries in contact with the Taliban to bring them to direct negotiations with the Afghan government or close down their sanctuaries.
The Afghan state will soon have a renewed mandate by its people through nation-wide presidential elections.
No matter who gets elected to lead the country, the Afghan government will be your most reliable partner. We believe in democratic values, universal principles of international relations, and a stable and economically developed region.
As a way to conclude, this format last year called for a “regional mechanism” or arrangement to fight our common regional threats. I am here to assure you that we are ready to work with all of you and the rest of SCO member states and observers for a bright future for our region.

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