Join us in peace, or we will continue to fight, says Afghan NSA Mohib
Addressing the United Nations Grand Assembly 74 on Monday, September 30, Afghanistan National Security Adviser Hamadullah Mohib said peace is a priority for the Afghan government. “As we prepare to take the next step in [peace] process, we are committed to the principles of inclusivity, sustainability and dignity,” he stated.
Mohib noted that to start peace talks they needed to put a ceasefire in place. He asserted that talks must take place between the Afghan government and the Taliban group. “The Islamic Republic must be preserved as the foundation of our nation-state,” he said. Appreciating assistance provided by Afghanistan’s international partners, the NSA underlined Afghanistan, the United States and NATO countries are natural allies in fighting terrorism.
“Peace is our common objective
and terrorists are our common enemy—we must not rush the former, at the risk of
empowering the latter,” Mohib underlined. “Join us in peace, or we will
continue to fight,” the Afghan National Security said, addressing the Taliban
insurgent and their supporters.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the incumbent
president, has repeatedly stated that peace process should be pursued by a new
elected government that will enjoy more time and legitimacy to deal with the
So far, the Taliban insurgents
have stood firm on their stand, rejecting to have talks with the Afghan
government, labelling it a ‘puppet government.’
Pointing out to Afghan
presidential polls, Mohib remarked at the UNGA74 that the Afghan people voted
for democracy, constitution, freedom, national sovereignty, and peace. He said
that the brave Afghans, whose fingers were cut by the Taliban in previous
elections for the sake of voting, again turned out and voted in polls.
Afghanistan held its fourth
presidential election under tight security even though the Taliban had threatened
to attack polling centers.