Ashraf Ghani says peace with Taliban is “meaningless”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the recent attack in Kabul by Taliban, which killed at least ten civilians. He said peace with the Taliban is “meaningless”.

“Seeking peace with this group who is still pursuing the killing of the innocent people is meaningless,” President Ghani said in a statement.

He also called on the international community not to stay silent towards such attacks by the militant group.

The latest attack took place only a few meters away from NATO military compound and US embassy that killed at least ten people including two foreign soldiers and injured 42 others. It was the second major deal attack in less than a week.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the attack and called it a “barbaric act” and said such acts by the Taliban will only increase hatred of the Afghan people against the group.

He also said the Taliban wants to win more leverage in the peace process by launching such attacks but will not get successful by such acts.

It is expected that the Afghan government and the Taliban are to hold the first direct peace talks in the near future if the US and the Taliban sign the draft framework agreement.

Last week, US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said that the United States and the Taliban have reached an agreement in principle for peace in both the countries, but it is not final until US President Trump agrees on it.

Based on the draft agreement, the US will withdraw 5,000 troops from five bases in Afghanistan within 135 days if conditions in the agreement are addressed by the Taliban.

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