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Friday August 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Negotiators from both sides (the US and the Taliban group) have said they will take consultation with their leaders, following the eighth round of peace talks, believed to end the nearly 18-year war in the country.
The Taliban side expected the long-but-useful talks that ended few days ago, would open the way for both sides to consult their leaders for taking the next steps, while of the US’s Zalmay Khalilzad hoped “this is the last Eid where Afghanistan is at war.”
“I know Afghans yearn for peace. We stand with them and are working hard toward a lasting & honorable peace agreement and a sovereign Afghanistan which poses no threat to any other country,” Khalilzad’s tweet was quoted by many local and world media including The Washington Post as saying.
According to some details emerged about the most recent peace negotiations between the US and the Taliban, the deal is expected to cover the foreign forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, but in exchange for guarantees by the Taliban that “Afghanistan would not become a haven for other extremist groups.
The Taliban representatives have repeatedly refused negotiation with the government of Afghanistan, while the people who have elected the present system would stay against any deals pushing aside their own democratic system.
Actually the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is waiting for what would be the result from the so long discussions that took up to eight rounds so far, with the possible ensuing processes, still unknown how long will they take to have a lasting peace restored in the war suffered nation.
In addition to the available legitimate system, no Afghan is ready to accept such deals with no share from the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
After fear of potential disorders anarchism over the failure of the IEC to announce a transparent and fair presidential election results in 2014, the US came along to help form the National Unity Government (NUG), which was agreed and supported by the two rival sides. All Afghans supported the agreement to have a free powerful conflict on the system.
But as seen the US has forgotten what it had done for Afghanistan (establishment of the NUG) so it’s likely resorting to a one-side deal with the key anti-government rebels.
The US should not give the Taliban an opportunity to oppose the current system – but rather – to join a direct peace deal with its negotiators. The US should provide the ground for an intra-Afghan dialogue between the government and the Taliban, as no peace negotiation would not be acceptable, unless the government was the key side and such an accord would be followed by a political settlement and a permanent cease-fire between the two sides.
As the country’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said, the fate of the Afghans cannot be decided outside the country and they will never allow their fate to be dealt by the foreign without any discussion with their own picked representatives.
President Ghani once again insisted that peace was only possible between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement.
On the other side, the presidential election would never be canceled even in the event of a peace settlement and the current system would never be replaced with an interim government
The presidential election set for September 1 is inevitably held as it’s the willing of the people not other internal malicious circles or foreigners.
A dignified peace would never be achieved unless a legitimate and strong government coming through an election.
In conclusion, peace has to come but not in the price of the presidential election annulment or a replacement of the interim administration with the current system.
M. W. Qasemi
 

Thursday August 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with MPs, advisors and residents of Kabul city held on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha the other day, the Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said that direct negotiations with the Taliban will happen on Oct. 15 and after the elections, a statement from Second VP press office said BNA.
The statement quoted the Second VP as saying that the next political system in Afghanistan, the Constitution and government-related issues have not been discussed with the Taliban so far. “US Special Envoy and the Taliban have only talked about issues relevant to the two sides…The Afghan government is one side of the negotiations in other topics,” VP Danesh said. The Second Vice-President went on saying that peace deal with the Taliban should result in lasting stability in the country.
He also said that election is the top priority for Afghans. “People expect a peace that ends in dignity for the people of Afghanistan, enduring stability and security and maintaining of the freedoms and achievements of the past 18 years,” he added. The US and the Taliban negotiators wrapped up the eighth round of peace talks in Qatar. The two sides are expected to sign a peace agreement within the next few days which will facilitate intra-Afghan negotiations that probably take place in a European country’s capital within the next few weeks.

Thursday August 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Ministry of Education’s National Melody Team at the Presidential Palace the other day, BNA reported. Congratulating advent of Eid-ul-Adha to the team members, the President said team was representing a united Afghanistan. “You deliver the message of peace, freedom, cohesion and the three colors of our flag,” the President told the ministry national melody team. The President instructed Ustad Waheed Qasemi to record the melodies of the team, so that to be played on different occasions. The President also said that the team’s budget should be considered from Ministry of Education and Administrative office of the President’s budgets. The President also instructed the team to record the national anthem so that to be played in different events of the presidential palace, President Ghani said.
The Ministry of Education’s deputy minister on educational curriculum briefed the President on National education’s melody festival, saying the team was established after a three-day festival among 800 students from all over the country. Later, Ustad Waheed Qasemi head of Afghanistan’s Radio Television Music Department thanked parents of those students that allowed their sons and daughters to attend the festival, saying freedom, culture, education and patriotism were the main subjects of the festival. At the end, the melody team performed the patriotic songs which were welcomed by the President.

Wednesday August 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a meeting with the country’s armed forces, while congratulating them on the arrival of Eid-ul-Adha, said that they have safeguarded the country’s border with their bloods.
A statement from presidential palace issued BNA, “We are indebted to you as you have safeguarded the country with your blood. You have foiled four waves of the enemy’s attacks, so you are victorious in the battlefield,” said the country President. The President again praised the country’s security and defense forces for their efforts to take security of the parliamentary election said they could successfully tighten the security of the upcoming presidential election as well. “The nation would never forget your sacrifices as your blood is being shed for the country, every day,” the President said. Peace has conditions, but for the peace negotiation, we don’t have condition, the country’s security and defense forces would never be dealt and that any peace deal in which Afghanistan national identity and authority were not secured, is not acceptable, the President warned.
“Safeguarding the system is the duty of any of us. Explosion and suicide have no place in Islam,” said the country’s President. He said in the next six weeks, the country’s security and defense forces’ pilots would be provided with residential units and inside any army corps, residential townships would be constructed so that the country’s army forces family live with tranquility. He said the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the country’s security and defense forces were the main partners of the world and official and legal representatives of the people of the country. “We sign no new agreement with the US and NATO. All your strategic agreements and treaties with the US, NATO and other world countries, were stable,” said the President.
The President went on as saying there were clear international commitment for funding, equipping and training of the country’s security and defense forces and that here is the word about common interests and we would go ahead under a joint interest with the world. He added the country’s security forces campaigns were for defending 35 million population of the country and that their campaign was legitimate. The country’s chief of army staff and the acting minister of interior also spoke at the meeting and assured the country’s President that they would spare no effort to fight the country’s enemy and defend the country’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty.

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