U.S. ASKS TURKEY TO HOST “AFGHAN PEACE TALKS”


09/03/2021




İrem UZUN -TDO- According to the Daily Sabah, Turkey is asked to host Afghan peace talks meeting in the coming weeks to finalize a peace agreement, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a letter to Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani. “The United Nations should convene a meeting of foreign ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and the U.S. to discuss a unified approach to supporting peace in Afghanistan,” Blinken said in the letter.

Blinken also made clear the Biden administration continued to consider a “full withdrawal” of the roughly 2,500 U.S. forces in the country by the 1 May deadline negotiated by the Trump administration. “We have not made any decisions about our force posture in Afghanistan after 1 May,” it said in a statement. “All options remain on the table.” 

Afghan government’s representative in Doha Nader Nadery said the government was evaluating the proposed peace plan presented by the U.S. envoy.  Speaking at an event at the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul, he said the plan was a proposal to end the war and bring peace to Afghanistan. According to Nadery, the government is evaluating the plan to see if it helps the country or leads to another long-term disaster. 

A day earlier, speaking at the opening ceremony of the third year of the 17th term of the parliament, President Ghani called the transfer of power through elections is a non-negotiable principle, Anadolu Agency reported. He implied he is willing to make sacrifices to ensure peace in which independence and the right to self-determination of the people are respected but clarified that it does not mean compromising the constitution.


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