Saudi crown Prince comes out in full support of Afghanistan peace process


RIYADH - *The Office of President Ashraf Ghani’s National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Thursday said that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has come out in full support of the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan . *

“Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his meeting with National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar called on all parties involved in the peace process to support the process to get it (back) on track,” Atmar’s office said in a statement.

Meanwhile, officials from the High Peace Council (HPC) have expressed hope that the recent efforts towards peace helps Afghanistan achieve this goal.

According to Atmar’s office, during the meeting, the Saudi prince also stressed the need for collective efforts to fight terrorism.

“Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman announced his full support to the peace process in Afghanistan and called on all parties involved to fully support this process,” said NSC spokesman Qader Shah.

This comes ahead of the Kabul Process peace meeting at the end of the month, which government will use to define its future policy for peace.

“At the (last) Kabul Process meeting the world decided that the peace process must be an Afghan-owned process, however we welcome all countries who are willing to cooperate with us on this issue,” Ghani’s spokesman Shahhussain Murtazawi said.

“After this, regional and ultra-regional countries will forge cooperation in a sense that they will provide technical cooperation to an Afghan-led peace process. We did not have this in the past,” said HPC spokesman Ehsanullah Tahiri.

“Allah will bring to justice if someone kills an innocent human being, this is a great treason and has no Islamic justification,” said religious scholar Mawlawi Noor Padshahzada.

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