By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with committee heads of the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga on Thursday evening, according to a presidential statement received by The Kabul Times daily yesterday.
Deputy heads of the Consultative Loya Jirga for peace, Kamal Safi and Dr. Habiba Sorabi, and heads of various committees congratulated the president on his reelection and prayed for establishment of a durable peace in the country, the statement added.
They also thanked the president for implementation of the Loya Jirga’s decisions and the creation of state ministry for peace affairs, adding a dignified and lasting peace was the desire of all Afghans, therefore the politicians should take unified stance in this regard in order to protect democracy, people’s basic rights and past gains. Speaking on the occasion, First Vice President-elect Amrullah Saleh said that they had shared their concerns and preparations regarding the peace process with the Americans on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, adding President’s consultative meeting were going on with different strata of the society.
Addressing the meeting, President Ghani said the success of the elections meant survival of the nation, the constitution and the democratic system. The president also said that he contested the presidential election with people’s support despite numerous pressures and insisted no one had the power to dissolve democracy. President Ghani went on saying that the country witnessed enough progress in various fields during the past five years, adding there would have been more progress if the politicians were united.
The president said Afghanistan’s 80 percent water would be managed over the next five years. “Don’t consider yourself inferior or weak. Our courtesy should not be considered weakness.”
Concluding his remarks, the president said ending violence and ensuring durable peace needed practical works, stressing that the negotiating team for peace talks should have a unified stance and its authorities to be specified by the government of Afghanistan.