President Ghani stresses timely presidential elections

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated at the 5th Annual European anti-Corruption Conference on counter corruption titled ‘A Journey to Peace, A Movement of Accountability’ and delivered speech.
In the conference held yesterday at Chahar Chinar Palace and attended by the country’s First Lady, a number of members of cabinet and foreign ambassador to Kabul, first EU ambassador Pierre Mayaudon spoke and said: “Today we would like to focus our attention on the role anti-corruption should play before, during and after the conclusion of a peace agreement.”
Afterwards, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke and by praising the EU for its assistance to Afghanistan and its emphasis on democratic values in particular the elections said the upcoming elections should be held without any doubts.
“Today are taking preparation for peace and our country should not lose the opportunity for maintaining peace,” President Ghani said, adding that peace should be inclusive and national.
The country’s President asserted that their decisions towards maintaining peace were showing that we knew the price of war and it was the people of Afghanistan who were paying the price.
Pointing to recent terrorist attack in Ghazni, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that attack on children was attack on humanity, praising the people of Afghanistan in particular ANDSF for their commitment to their government and constitution.
“It is time for maintaining peace in the country as conditions have been provided and should be used extensively,” the country’s President said, stressing that going back is not acceptable to the nation and we will only go forward.
President Ghani said for the first time they have proved that ceasefire was not a dream and imagination, but it was a fact, adding that organized talks should be held between the government and Taliban and problems should be resolved wisely and determination is key in this regard.
Stressing that clear base has been put against corruption in the country, President Ghani said that counter corruption was not only the duty of a single person, but it was the duty of the government and all the people in the society.

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