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President Ghani Meets Journalists Returned from Doha

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Monday September 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani met with a batch of journalists who returned from Doha after covering the direct peace talks between the negotiating delegation of Afghanistan and the Taliban group as well as its side events on Sunday.
According to BNA report, Waheed Omer, Director General of the Government’s Office of Public and Strategic Affairs briefed the president on the invited journalists and other media outlets’ efforts and good performance for delivering timely information to the public.
The journalists shared their thoughts, accounts and experiences of their meetings, interviews and discussions with the negotiating delegation of the Afghan government and the Taliban members.
The President welcomed the journalists, said it was the Afghan nation’s collective wisdom that enabled the government to remove any obstacle to start of peace negotiations.
President Ghani attached importance to the role of media and journalists in the peace process, said in addition to discussing about the future steps, it is needed to answer the people’s questions to ensure the openness and plurality of the Afghan society.
The President said “Spread of coronavirus surfaced the world and the region’s weaknesses, Afghanistan could bend the curve and overcome the first wave of the pandemic as one of the drivers of the global turmoil.”
“Climate change and the fifth wave of global terrorism are, however, other drivers of the current turmoil that remain perilous and pose a threat to many countries including Afghanistan,” added the President while underscoring that collective efforts and action is required to overcome the turmoil.
President Ghani said Taliban must understand that they are not facing a certain group, but a pluralistic and free society. He stressed that the world community should realize that Afghanistan is still exposed to the threats caused by the Taliban.
The President underscored the need for a resolute national discourse to enable all citizens, including youth and women to raise their voice, added that further investment will be made on Afghanistan’s human capital and freedom of expression.
President Ghani said although the path to peace is bumpy, the narrow window created for peace should lead us to a genuine, dignified and sustainable peace.

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