The Afghanistan National Security Advisor Mohammad Atmar called the government’s peace offer to Taliban the best option as he insists that the group cannot win through war and violence.

Atmar made the remarks during his visit to the United States and while speaking during a gathering in the US Institute for Peace.

He said the Afghan government seeks peace through negotiations but warned that the government is also having the strategy for war besides pursuing the peaceful strategy of reconciliation.

According to Atmar, the pressures on the anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups are on the rise after the announcement of the new US strategy for South Asia.

He also added that Afghanistan had major achievements during the past 17 years and hailed the international community including the United States for contribution, support, and sacrifices.

The Office of the National security Council said Mr. Atmar also spoke regarding the illicit opium and drugs smuggling and Taliban’s links to the issue, the regional interest in the fight to eliminate the menace of terrorism, peace deal with Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and efforts to establish a regional consensus in the fight against terror.

He also hailed the bravery of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces but emphasized that Afghan forces need further capabilities boost as well as equipment to fight the terror groups.