Afghan president calls on Taliban to join peace talks
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 4:23
The Afghan president said that more than 150 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded by the truck bombing outside the German Embassy last week, making it possibly the deadliest such attack since the US -led invasion in 2001.
Also, at least nine people were killed and 15 wounded when a bomb attached to a motorcycle went off outside the entrance of the renowned blue-domed Great Mosque in the western city of Herat, according to a government spokesman. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which sparked violent anti-government protests.
In his speech, Mr. Ghani warned the Taliban that they would not succeed in bringing down the government, and said that the aim of the so-called Kabul Process was to ensure peace with support from neighbouring countries and the global community.
Ghani stated this while addressing a multinational peace conference hosted by Afghanistan in Kabul, adding that they were ready to allow Taliban to open their office to hold negotiations. "What we need is an agreement on regional security", he said.
No diplomats died but more than 150 people, majority civilians, were killed and hundreds wounded.
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He said Taliban sponsored terrorism is creating a platform that is bringing terrorists from all over the region to Afghanistan.
U.S. President Donald Trump is now mulling whether to deploy as many as 5,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to bolster the 8,400 U.S. servicemen.
Reacting to allegations on Sunday, the Pakistani premier's adviser on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, in a statement said that he "strongly rejected the baseless and unfounded allegations" that Pakistan had any involvement with the May 31 bombing. He said that up to 11,000 foreign militants had allegedly arrived in Afghanistan in the last two years to fight for Daesh.
Afghanistan's president has again invited the Taliban to peace talks, calling it their "last chance" to give up their 16-year insurgency and join the political process.
Meanwhile in Kabul, Afghan leaders met officials of two dozen foreign governments and institutions, launching a so-called Kabul Process aiming to set the stage for peace talks and clinch an worldwide pact to end "cross-border terrorism". "It demonstrates the confidence that the worldwide community has in the government and Afghan society at large to find a common vision for countering terrorism and ensuring peace".
Afghan authorities have said Pakistan was involved in the attack, charges denied by Islamabad.