President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has once again called on Taliban group to participate in intra-Afghan peace talks, emphasizing that a consensus exists for peace and the Islamic world and region is prepared for reconciliation.

He made the remarks during a meeting with religious scholars, influential figures, and tribal elders of Paktika province on Saturday.

President Ghani further added that Afghanistan also wants peace with Pakistan, insisting that the country must understand that a peaceful Afghanistan is in their interest.

Calling on the Taliban group to get ready for intra-Afghan talks, President Ghani said Afghanistan will not hand over the authority of reconciliation efforts to outsiders.

In his speech during another gathering in Paktika province, President Ghani said the Taliban should bid farewell with the weapons, halt ties with the foreigners, and return back to their country.