President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday renewed government’s commitment to offer office to Taliban and ensure security of the members of Taliban similar to Eid-Ul-Fitr in a bid to help facilitate peace talks with the group.

He made the remarks during his visit to Nangarhar where he met with the elders of Achin, Nazian, and Momandara, and Ghani Khel districts.

Criticizing Taliban leaders for their decision to participate in intra-Afghan dialogue in Moscow, President Ghani said the government and nation prefers peace to be achieved in Mecca as he compared the importance of the two summits and insisted that the nation also raise questions in this regarding because Taliban refrained to participate in Mecca Summit but attended the Moscow talks.

Assuring that a dignified and lasting peace is on the way, President Ghani reiterated that he is prepared to pay an ultimate personal price and offer his head (lay life) for peace.

In other parts of his speech, President Ghani said those who are raising questions that Ghani should compromise his position for peace must know that presidency is not a heritage which is left ‘by my father and grandfather’.

However, he said some neighbors insist that they want an Afghanistan which is not be ruled by Ashraf Ghani, ‘because they (neighbors) fear his initiatives.’

He called on Taliban to come to Kabul for peace talks and promised that the government would offer them office and ensure their security similar to the security measures which were taken during the ceasefire in Eid-ul-Fitr.

This comes as efforts are underway to start direct negotiations between Taliban and Afghan government to end the ongoing violence in Afghanistan but the Taliban leaders have so far rejected to participate in peace talks attended by government leaders.


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