President Ashraf Ghani met with General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff and General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, this morning at the Presidential Palace.
They discussed the Afghan peace process, Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, the role of Pakistan in the peace process and ending violence in Afghanistan.
President Ashraf Ghani attached great importance to the role of the regional countries particularly Pakistan in establishing peace in Afghanistan and the country’s influence on the Taliban. He stated that Afghanistan and Pakistan have no choice but to opt for mutual respect, good neighborliness and economic cooperation.
President Ghani added that there is no military solution for the ongoing war in Afghanistan and that Taliban’s insistence to stick to a military solution is unacceptable for the people of Afghanistan who are seeking just and enduring peace through dialogue and negotiations.
President Ghani termed stability in the two countries interrelated to each other and called for an effective and sincere role to be played by Pakistan for ensuring just and enduing peace in Afghanistan.