NSA Mohib said that the interim government was proposed by those that fled the negotiating table and rejected the claim that the families of Afghan officials leaving abroad. “My family is here and my children studying here, but where Taliban are? Where are their families? They are making propaganda to bring gap between the people and their servants,” he added.
NSA Mohib also said the Afghan government will participate in the UN-led conference in Turkey – proposed by the US – and the Moscow conference on Afghanistan’s peace. NSA Mohib said that the Afghan government is working on a delegation for the two events.
Pointing to his trip to Bahrain, NSA Mohib said that has attended a meeting with Pakistani officials, adding that the meeting was held there since the two countries could not agree to hold meet in Pakistan or Afghanistan. “It was decided to continue meetings so that to reach a positive result,” he added.
“When it comes to participation, we will participate in the meetings,” NSA Mohib told a press briefing in which he was also joined by the country’s security chief. The NSA also said that an interim government – that has been proposed as a solution to move the peace process forward – “will take the country to nowhere.”
Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Massoud Andarabi said the Afghan forces have made “special preparations” over the last three months to face the Taliban on the battlefields in a possible new fighting season.
The fighting season is expected to start in days if peace efforts fail to reduce violence in the country.
Minister Andarabi added that they remain hopeful for peace in the country but if the peace efforts fail, the government forces are ready to defend the country.
The Turkey conference was proposed by the US in a letter by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, this month.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said the UN-led meeting on Afghan peace “is planned to be held in Istanbul in April.” “We were one of the few countries invited to this signing ceremony, and we are one of the most important actors in Afghanistan,” the Turkish minister said as quoted in a report by Anadolu Agency.