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Afghan Govt. Welcomes Recent Developments in Peace Talks

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a press conference on President Ghani's recent trip to the Munich Security Conference at the Government Media and Information Center on Tuesday, President’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, said that the US-Taliban peace deal is conditional and will be "finalized next week."
“Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, and Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defense, in a meeting with President Ghani told him that none of the peace agreement article is 'without conditions,'” Sediqqi said.
The peace deal between the US and Taliban will be “finalized” next week, the spokesman said, adding that “peace is a priority for the government and the president, and our peace will be national--not on one side.”
The Afghan Government, as a genuine representative of the Afghan people, has welcomed the recent developments in the peace process, takes the risks and concerns in this area seriously and will act cautiously, Sediqqi added.
The demand of the government of Afghanistan was a ceasefire, but agreements have been made over a major reduction in violence, Sediqqi said, adding that ‘we hope that this opportunity brings peace.’ He said that the Afghan forces are working to coordinate with US forces over reduction in violence.
“Yesterday’s (Monday) meeting at the presidential palace was also about this with the security forces commanders,” he said, adding: “Serious work is ongoing over reduction in violence, and we cannot share all the details with you now.”
The government of Afghanistan assures the people that “we will not be setback” and “will put all of our efforts into keeping the recent achievements,” Sediqqi said.
“When the government delegation enters negotiations with the Taliban, they will enter with clear instructions. The delegation team will represent all the nation...in the peace talks with Taliban,” according to Sediqqi.
“Our delegation--to sit with the Taliban--has always consulted with all sides, and the government's principle is political and national consensus,” Sediqqi said, adding: “As you know the situation is now changed,” referring to US-Taliban peace developments. 
“We will see the Taliban's will this time; it’s an opportunity for them to show that they want peace,” he concluded as saying.

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