Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said on Monday at an event, that he will not compromise on Afghan National Defense and Security forces as long as he is alive.
During his speech to the high ranking officials in Kabul, he reiterated that “There won’t be any compromise on Security and Defense Forces of Afghanistan as long as I and the nation are alive. You [Afghan security members] are the pride of the Afghan people.”
He said indicated that the world is safe because Afghan defense forces are on the frontline fighting terrorism in the country, he added that the Afghan security forces have given the ultimate sacrifice in the last six years.
As he presented awards to a number of Afghan security members, he bestowed Ghazir Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan medal on Afghanistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Yasin Zia.
This comes as US Special Envoy to Afghan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad in a series of tweets said that “I return to Doha and the region with expectations that the parties will make tangible progress in the next round of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations”.
He added, that both negotiating “sides must demonstrate they are acting in the best interest of the Afghan people by making real compromises and negotiating an agreement on a political settlement as soon as possible and an immediate significant reduction in violence/ceasefire”.
Khalilzad said that current levels of violence, targeted killings will undermine the peace process.
“The current levels of violence, including targeted killings, is unacceptable. Those perpetuating the violence seek to undermine the peace process and the country’s future. They do not reflect the will of the Afghan people, who yearn for peace”.
Khalilzad’s tweets came just hours after, Ariana News reported that Khalilzad met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Islamabad on Monday to discuss issues around regional security.