President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its role and support to an Afghan-led peace process in a phone call about the Afghan reconciliation process with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said President Ghani described the Saudi conference as vital for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and said the conference is an important and good start for the other steps to be taken in the future.

Saudi King, quoted in a statement by ARG Palace, said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace proces and will continue to its efforts to maintain peace and stability in Afghanistan.

This comes as efforts are underway to initiate direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban group in a bid to find a political solution to the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

The Saudi officials also participated in a meeting between the U.S. and Taliban political leaders which was organized in Abu Dhabi of United Arab Emirates nearly two weeks ago.