President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has urged the anti-government armed militant groups to refrain from the destructive activities aimed at destroying their own country for the sake of others.

Speaking with the local tribal elders and council members of Khost province, President Ghani said peace is the demand of the nation and the target and results will be achieved.

He called the role of the tribes important for the reconciliation process and urged the tribal leders to cooperate i this regard.

President Ghani further added that the Paktia elders together with the elders of Kandahar and elders from the other parts of the country should step up efforts for peace.

He said if the militants are Afghans then they should not destroy their own country for the sake of others.

This comes as the Taliban group  has so far refrained from participation in direct peace talks with the Afghan government and insists on direct talks with the US.

This comes despite the Afghan government proposed that the government is prepared to recognize the group as a political movement besides making other offers to encourage the group to participate in the talks.