Arg—President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani insisted in a meeting with representatives of multiple civil society organizations on Saturday that Afghan youth’s role in peace negotiations should be significant since the gains and losses will have long term consequences for them.
The President said that the younger generation represent the new Afghanistan; one that is willing to forget the past and look what lies ahead. He stated that the route to peace is full of obstacles, and we need to be ready to employ all available tools for gaining a positive outcome. He reiterated that any peace agreement must be ratified nationally before taking effect.
Civil society representatives laid out their suggestions for peace negotiations, and welcomed President Ghani’s move to engage youth in major policy-making processes.
The meetings to discuss the advisory board for peace process and formation of a negotiating team with Taliban started last week, and will continue for several days to come.