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Terrorism Common Threat, Should be Fought Jointly, President Ghani

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan held virtual conference with Tariq Mahmoud Ahmad, United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Commonwealth, Development Affairs and South Asia, the Presidential Press Office said.

The statement quoting the country’s president said in order to fight the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government could launch effective plan to overcome the first wave of the virus and is committed to successfully control the second wave.

“We managed to prevent the negative impact of the COVID-19’s first wave, by successfully launching various programs, but need our global partners support to overcome the second wave of the pandemic,” said the president as quoted by the statement.

The president asked for fairly distribution of the COVID-19 pandemic vaccine among the deserved and developing nations.

The president added that the country’s available capacities, government and social institutions and the last two decades of achievements were the results of the joint efforts and the partnership should continue.

Pointing to the ongoing peace process, the country’s president said peace was the main demand of the people. “Today peace is a national argument, not ethnical, zonal or linguistic and we should persist on the results of the process.”

He said the new Afghanistan was different and all Afghans can live free under the republic system, in light with the country’s constitutional rights.

He regretted that despite the government of Afghanistan has taken effective steps in peace process, but the Taliban were still continuing violence and had not given positive response to ceasefire.

“Intensifying violence by the Taliban undermines peace process and our aim is to end war and reach a political solution,” said the president adding a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan was their main goal.

The president once called terrorism a global threat and the phenomenon should be fought jointly and reiterated the narrative of violence should be eliminated.

The British Minister of State for Commonwealth, Development Affairs and South Asia, Tariq Mahmoud Ahmad, during the video conference, reaffirmed his support to an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process and added that all obstacle facing the process should be removed.

“The UK is fully supports all efforts of the Afghan government towards peace process,” he said.

Touching the COVID-19 pandemic, he said Mahmoud expressed optimism and vowed that they were making efforts to distribute the vaccine fairly among the advancing countries and that Afghanistan was at their first aid priority.

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