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PublishDate: Monday, February 22, 2021 16:09

Afghanistan ‘Not Vietnam’: Ghani

President Ashraf Ghani talking to the BBC on Monday said that Afghanistan is "not Vietnam" and that the government will "not disintegrate," and he emphasized that the future of the country will be made by its people, not by those pushing "dreams."

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_President Ghani said that any future government setup should be formed after an election.

Ghani said that he was “delighted” with his relationship with the new US administration, and a new “coherence” among the international community’s approach to ’s_future.  

“The force of coherence is what I’m counting on to avoid the tragedies. There’s so many fears of collapse into civil war,” Ghani said in the interview with the BBC.

But he dismissed fears of a Taliban military victory. “This is not Vietnam. The government is not collapsing.”

Meanwhile, addressing the 46th regular session of the UN Council, President Ghani said, “targeted killings are the sharp edge directed against men and women representing the profound transformation of Afghan society during the last 20 years.”
“The Afghan people and the government have the commitment, conviction, and courage to demonstrate the sense of urgency required in such open moments,” Ghani said. “Difficult choices will have to be made to move from being a battlefield of unrestricted warfare to a platform of an Asian roundabout and an international cooperation,” Ghani said.

While all sides are looking forward to the completion of the Biden administration’s review of the Doha agreement, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said in an interview with the BBC that they are in the middle of the review of the deal.

Blinken emphasized the importance of the implementation of the deal, especially a cut in the Taliban’s ties with al-Qaeda.

“We’re in the midst of a very rigorous review of the policy toward Afghanistan and in particular, we need to review carefully the agreements that have been reached between the United States and the Taliban and that the work that we’ve done with the government of Afghanistan and all of that work is ongoing,” Blinken said.

Moreover, Michael McCaul, a top US Republican, has said in an interview with CNN that President Biden needs to keep US troops in Afghanistan to prevent the Taliban from taking over.

“I think Afghanistan can be very important. I hope that the administration I can work with them on this and talk to Secretary Blinken and the national security adviser about leaving a there to protect the homeland and not allow the Taliban to take over their country,” the US congressman said.

Among all these, President Ghani’s special envoy for Pakistan, Mohammad Umer Daudzai, is set to travel to Islamabad on Wednesday where he will call on the Pakistani government to bring the Taliban back to the table of negotiations.

“I hope that they (Pakistan) use their influence effectively and logically to bring the Taliban back to the table of the negotiations and resume meaningful talks,” said.

The negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban negotiators are stopped for the last 36 days, during which they were expected to hold meetings at working group levels to finalize the agenda of the talks.


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