President Ashraf Ghani, speaking at the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies on Tuesday, iterated that the Taliban shouldn’t fear the ceasefire and accept peace.

The president added, Taliban must adhere to peace and have the courage to reconcile with other Afghans.

He stressed that people must come first, because people are sovereign, therefore the government must put people first and do what constrictions, religion and moral command requires.

Ceasefire in the 2018 Eid Festival is a sign that Afghans can agree on peace, and this shows an immense capacity to overcome the past and focus towards the future, President Ghani added.

Ghani mentioned women saying, that “the women of Afghanistan do not need someone to speak for them or write for them; they speak for themselves; they can represent themselves.” 

The president pointed on the unexplored mineral wealth the country has and it can potentially render the country as a wealthy nation.

Abundant minerals worth 1 trillion dollars in Afghanistan, and the “ten poorest provinces in the country have the richest mineral deposits”, President Ghani said.

He also stressed the country’s geographical status, that the nation exists right in the middle of Asia, and all the natural sources as wind, sun, and water can be utilized to produce energy and Afghanistan is full of cultural values.

He added that the Doha agreement between the United States and the Taliban was not up to the Afghan government and that the Taliban should leave their agreement with the United States aside and negotiate with the Afghan government in the light of the Qur’an and Islamic principles.

On the other hand, Zabiullah Mujahid spokesman to the Taliban militants tweeted, “Our agreement with the United States is based on the Qur’an and Sunnah, and the next steps will follow. Do not advise us on the Qur’an and Sunnah. Learn to recite the Qur’an yourself and do not be afraid to apply the rules. We have given sacrifices two and a half decades for the implementation of the Qur’an”.

It has been almost a month since the start of Intra-Afghan talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, both sides are still busy in talks and haven’t reached a decision yet.

The Taliban delegation wants to advance Intra-Afghan talks under an agreement with the United States, but the Afghan government says that agreement is not up to them and says the Taliban should proceed with talks based on Quran and Islamic principles.

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