By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at an Urban international symposium in Kabul on Saturday said that the intra-Afghan negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban will begin within the next few weeks, saying “peace is our goal and we have a strong will for it”.
President Ghani condemned a recent attack near the Kabul University on Friday and said that targeting Afghan civilians, universities, and children means targeting the religion, civilization and national dignity of Afghanistan.
“Why are you targeting innocent civilians while negotiations will begin within the next few days or weeks?” President Ghani asked. He said that the Afghan government has not asked the Taliban to surrender, but it has asked them to talk.
“We have not asked the Taliban to surrender; we asked for negotiations for an enduring peace. They should accept [the call for talks],” he said.
Meanwhile, President Ghani said that a good order has been established in the country’s municipalities and that corruption has been removed from the institutions. He also said millions of dollars poured to Afghanistan, but nothing has been achieved. President Ghani said land grabbing is a crime and that “land grabbers” will be held accountable. “Thirteen thousand land grabbers have been recognized and all the lands grabbed by them will be recovered,” President Ghani added.