The Office of the President, ARG Palace, released the details of the video teleconference between the Afghan leaders and the Secretary State of State.

Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke with Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State of the United States via video teleconference late on Monday.

Sediqqi further added that President Ghani specifically held talks on peace process and the two sides exchanged views on joint efforts on maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.

According to Sediqqi, Pompeo said a united, sovereign, democratic and stable Afghanistan is one of the priorities of the United States within the framework of the bilateral strategic partnership, emphasizing that Washington is committed to work with the Afghan government to achieve the goal.

Meanwhile, President Ghani shared the details of the government’s road-map for achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan, insisting that further efforts are needed by working teams of the two sides to achieve the goal for a united, stable and sovereign Afghanistan.

Sediqqi also added that the first vice president Amrullah Saleh also shared his assessments and analysis regarding the reduction of violence.

Furthermore, the two sides discussed next steps regarding peace process including release of prisoners, analysis, venue for negotiations and other necessary steps to be taken, Sediqqi added.

Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of the High Council of Reconciliation also spoke regarding the steps taken by the council, specifically for completing the members of the negotiating team, Sediqqi said, adding that the two sides agreed to take practical steps regarding peace process in the near future, with the Afghan government specifically emphasizing on determination of the ‘Rules of Game’ for the unannounced ceasefire.

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