Ghani’s Peace Offer ‘Not a Surrender’ – US

KABUL: The United States has urged Afghan Taliban to accept President Ashraf Ghani’s Peace deal.

Ghani, last week, during the Kabul Process meeting had offered to open talks with Taliban.

Afghan President also agreed to recognize the militant group as a political force and asked Taliban to recognize the Afghan government and constitution in return.

The Taliban, however, rejected the offer calling it an attempt to make Taliban surrender.

The spokesman for the insurgent group, Zabihullah Mujahid maligned the conference, tweeting that the conference sought the Taliban’s “surrender.”

Alice Wells, the principal deputy assistant secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs told media she was impressed with Ghani’s proposal.

“I heard him offering a dignified process,” she said.

“This is not a surrender that’s being offered to the Taliban, but a dignified process for reaching a political framework,” she added, noting that the Kabul conference was “really a historic benchmark event.”

Wells said the Afghan government had “listened carefully” to the Taliban and was responsive to a number of their requests.

Ghani’s offer was “quite forward-leaning and frankly I think probably caught the Taliban by surprise,” Wells said. “This was quite a courageous offer.”

“We certainly encourage the Taliban to take this offer seriously. It does put the onus on the Taliban to respond,” she added.


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