Taliban cannot weaken Afghanistan, Ghani says

Staff Report

KABUL -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani July 6 urged the Taliban to shun militancy and to join the country's peace and reconciliation process, TOLO News reported.

Ghani was addressing a Kabul ceremony on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr.

No militant group has the ability to weaken the government's commitment to a developed and peaceful Afghanistan, he said.

"The security forces' sacrifices to peaceful Afghanistan are unforgettable," Ghani said. "They are our pride. I am thankful to all of them."

The Taliban will never succeed, Ghani added.

Meanwhile, Sayed Hussain Anwari, a military advisor to Ghani, died in a foreign hospital July 5, TOLO News reported. Anwari went abroad for medical treatment near the end of his life.

Anwari, 60, was a former governor of Herat Province who also served in the cabinet of Ghani's predecessor, Hamid Karzai. He will be buried in Kabul.

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