• publish: 25 January 2020
  • time: 6:05 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 12101
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Ghani told reporters in Davos

The government will not collapse if America leaves Afghanistan

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Ghani briefed the international senior correspondents on situation in Afghanistan, the peace process, good governance, fighting corruption and the country’s role in regional cooperation.

President Ghani said that Pakistan continues to give sanctuary to an insurgent group that helps the Taliban in its war against Kabul and the United States, directly contradicting an earlier statement by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
On Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had told reporters at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the Haqqani network, which the United States has designated as a terrorist group, has no activities or bases in Pakistan.
“And you believed him?” President Ghani, also at Davos, asked on Thursday. “One can also say that the earth does not revolve around the sun.” “This is a denial that is not helpful. We need to engage in a constructive engagement where the special relation between the Taliban and Pakistan ends. It is good for both countries and it is good for the region and the world,” he said as quoted by Reuter’s news agency.
Thanking US and international community’s supports within NATO framework to Afghanistan, President Ghani said that three day ceasefire in 2017 paved the way for further peace talks and it was according to him, 98 percent effective.
President Ghani also said that talks between the United States and the Taliban showed few signs of progress. “The outcome the public seeks is an end to violence,” he said. “We want to see that the Taliban accepts a political process.”
President Ghani went on saying that there is no chance the country will collapse when the United States withdraws its troops, as President Donald Trump has promised to do. “The majority of the world thought we would collapse (following the withdrawal of 100,000 NATO troops in 2014),” he said. “Our military forces will not collapse. The capacity to uphold the state has been created,” he added.
“Afghan women won’t go back. And I am proud to say that Afghan ambassadors to US and UN are women,” the president said, reiterating that Afghans won’t go back and if Taliban was insisting on doing such, won’t be accepted by the Afghan society.
Meanwhile the president said that Afghanistan was working hard to manage its waters, adding a five year plan to help tackle drought in the country.
While Afghanistan has seen four decades of conflict, the president said the country’s biggest challenge was the environment. “The elephant in the room is the environment, even more than conflict,” President Ghani said. Warning that global warming, access to clean water and other environmental threats could push hundreds of millions around the world back into poverty, President Ghani urged a regional approach to tackling climate change and said the environment could unite South Asia much as the community of steel and coal did Europe. “Everybody is responsible (for dealing with climate change),” he said. “Nobody is innocent.”

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