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NATO decision to pave way serious peace talks: Ghani

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani hopes the delay in NATO’s decision on a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will help the peace process.

At a meeting with Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday, the president said the ground had been paved for more serious peace negotiations with the Taliban.

“The alliance decision sends a big message,” Ghani remarked, referring to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement that the only would leave Afghanistan, only when allowed by security conditions on the ground.

The president said: “Afghanistan is in a better position than ever to achieve a just peace, and there will be extensive consultations with the parliament in coming months.”

According to the government’s negotiating team, the Taliban have promised returning to talks as soon as their leaders come back to Doha.


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