Deputy Minister at Afghan Peace Conference

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Later, the Afghan authorities said that the government had put all necessary measures to tackle the increased insecurity and violent attacks.

He told the meeting it was time for the Taliban to embrace peace or "face the consequences".

The aim of the Kabul Process is to work towards peace in Afghanistan, with the support of neighboring countries, and the worldwide community.

He asserted that the Taliban, and Afghans in general, would welcome any peace conference that is organized for ending the "occupation" of their country because all other gatherings would be "futile and unproductive".

In fact, a rocket allegedly fired by Taliban fighters landed inside the Indian embassy compound as the conference was underway, according to Indian media NDTV. The worsening security situation necessitates cooperation between Afghan political forces, regional stakeholders and the global community.

Ghani appealed to the worldwide community to end "global terror" and cited the May 22 attack at Manchester Arena in England that left at least 22 people dead.

"Over 150 entirely innocent Afghan sons and daughters were killed and more than three hundred were brought to hospital with burns, lacerations, and amputations", Afghan news site TOLOnews quoted Ghani as saying.

A suspected bomb outside a mosque in Herat also killed at least seven people and wounded 15, police said. Islamabad has strongly rejected the claim.

Two days later, residents took to the streets to demand answers from the government, who they accused of security and intelligence failures. US President Donald Trump is believed to be assessing his options.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said the government described the meeting as an Afghan-led umbrella peace building process. Pakistan denies the charge.

It may be mentioned that Kabul blames Pakistan for supporting Taliban who are engaged in civil war with Afghan government. But without USA leadership, which has "owned" Afghanistan since 11 September 2001, there is little that other states can do or would even be willing to do.

The radical Islamist movement, made up largely ethnic Pashtuns, still controls or influences almost 40 percent of the country, proving their resiliency 16 years after a US-led invasion of the country.

"We're offering a chance for peace but we must also be clear that this is not an open-ended opportunity".

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