Ghani calls on Taliban to negotiate with Afghan government

AFP

KABUL -- President Ashraf Ghani Wednesday (July 10) said that now is the "right moment" for peace in Afghanistan and again called on the Taliban to negotiate with the government.

"In the past 18 years, the time was not right for peace, for a realistic peace. Today is the right moment," Ghani said at an anti-corruption conference being held in Kabul by the European Union.

"If we lose this opportunity, then the responsibility [for the loss] is big," he said.

Ghani stressed that the Taliban and his government must negotiate with each other.

"We are the two warring sides," he said.

Following days of talks last week with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, the Taliban met with Afghan representatives for an intra-Afghan dialogue.

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