Presidential candidate Gulbadin Hekmatyar endorses key demands of Afghan Taliban

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*KABUL - Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami party and a presidential candidate for July elections on Thursday said that with presence of foreign forces and the rule of current government it would be “impossible” to ensure peace in Afghanistan. *

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Hekmatyar said that the current “imposed” government is the main reason for the continuation of the war in Afghanistan, adding that NUG is not able to ensure peace in the country.

Hekmatyar stressed that in order to ensure peace in Afghanistan, the two main issues including the presence of foreign forces and the current “dependent” government should be addressed.

He also noted that foreign forces need to withdraw. and that the government needs to be independent and not be tied to another country or installed by a foreign country.

The Presidential Palace did not comment in this regard despite repeated attempts by Ariana News.

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