Arg-Presidential Palace

feb 28, 2018

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحیمِ

Excellency, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani,

Excellency, Mohammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia,

Excellency, Mohammad Karim Khalili, Chairman of the High Peace Council,

Distinguished Heads of Delegations,  

Ladies and Gentlemen,


Please allow me to warmly welcome you all to the second Meeting of the Kabul Process for “Peace and Security Cooperation.”

We are grateful for the participation of delegations from the regional countries, the international community, and international organizations. Your presence here today is  a clear reaffirmation of your strong commitment to helping our Government and people achieve lasting peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

Building on our first Meeting last June, today, we will focus on our Government’s vision for peace; regional and international support to help us achieve peace; as well as the need for adopting a common counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics strategy to rid Afghanistan and our wider region of the terrorist and criminal threats. 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Government of Afghanistan is mandated by the desire and demand of every Afghan citizen to end many years of conflict and violence in our country. We wish to achieve this goal through a credible political settlement with those armed groups that renounce violence and cut ties with transnational terrorist networks, as our forces will continue battling to defeat those that choose violence & bloodshed over reconciliation and peace with their own people.

Genuine success in our quest for peace rests on an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, which must be strongly supported by our immediate neighbors, our wider region, as well as our international partners.

Indeed, building a strong national consensus to support our peace efforts with armed opposition is also essential to a sustainable outcome. 

Undeniably, Afghanistan is a multiethnic country, therefore, reaching an all-inclusive national settlement requires the highest level of political integrity and altruistic leadership, in order to help all communities see themselves as an integral part of the system. A system that provides equal socio-economic and political opportunities to all citizens. While the root-causes of conflict and prolonged insecurity in Afghanistan are external, we know full well that any attempt to impose a system or order that prefers one community and ignores the rest will be detrimental to our social cohesion and security.

Moreover, any move to marginalize diverse communities will further complicate and prolong our peace efforts and prevent the establishment of an all-inclusive political system that lays the foundation for a credible democratic system, acceptable to all citizens.

That is why it is correct to say that an inclusive Afghanistan is a peaceful Afghanistan.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the lead-up to this Meeting, the Afghan Government and High Peace Council (HPC) engaged in nationwide consultations with political figures, civil society, the clergy, women and youth to bolster public support for a legitimate and results-oriented peace process.

Moreover, since last June, we have broadened the scope of our engagement with additional partners in support of the peace process. In this light, I wish to recognize the presence of His Excellency Mohammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, among us today. This follows the recent visit of His Excellency President Joko Widodo, to Kabul to whom we remain grateful for his firm support of the Afghan peace process.  

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In addition to support for our ongoing peace efforts, we renew our call on our neighbors and international partners to further strengthen our bilateral and multilateral counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics cooperation.

As the frontline state, our forces and people have made the ultimate sacrifice to fight these intertwined threats, on behalf of our region and the broader international community.  Indeed, this Meeting is a significant opportunity for all of us to reinvigorate international consensus on joint efforts to fight and defeat terrorist and criminal networks with no distinction.

This can be achieved best when we adopt a common strategy to address these critical security challenges that confront our nations. H.E. President Ghani will shortly discuss the Afghan vision for peace with a roadmap to achieve it, as well as the need for increased security cooperation for shared success.

We look forward to your valuable inputs throughout our Meeting today.

Thank You. 


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