Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib on Wednesday broke his silence with no any strong reaction days after his remarks about the role of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in the peace process with the Taliban insurgents drew strong backlash from the US officials in Washington.
Confident Mohib on Wednesday made the first appearance alongside Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul since his controversial remarks on March 14 and said that Afghanistan will have to work on a number of important priorities such as Consultative Loya Jirga, lasting peace, presidential elections and the inauguration of new parliament in the New Year in the New Year (1398 Persian year starting on March 21).
“Fellow citizens, in this new year, we have few priorities such as consultative Loya Jirga, lasting peace, presidential election and inauguration of the new Parliament. I hope this year will be the end of war and the beginning of a new chapter for a prosperous and stable Afghanistan,” Mohib said in a tweet on Wednesday.
At ceremony in Washington DC last week, Mohib accused Khalilzad of “delegitimizing” the Afghan government by excluding it from peace negotiations with the Taliban and acting like a “viceroy”.
He also said that the US has created an information vacuum regarding the peace talks with the Taliban.
Mohib’s controversial remarks about US envoy for Afghanistan met with mixed reactions from some of Afghanistan’s mainstream political parties and Ghani’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah who said that political should value Afghanistan’s national interests while making official comments.
“Statement by Hamdullah Mohib in some extent was logical. We have also raised similar concerns about the backdoor peace talks in the absence of the government and the political parties are also unware of the nature of the talks,” said Zabiullah Mujaddedi, chairman of Jabha-e-Milli-Nejat Afghanistan.
In a meeting with Roya Rahmi, the Afghan ambassador to the US, Khalilzad said that all parties need to walk together for achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan.
“Had my first meeting with Afghanistan's Ambassador to US Roya Rahmani. We had a substantive discussion and talked next steps in the Afghan Peace Process. It is neither an easy nor straight path we are walking. To stay on track it’s of utmost importance we continue to walk it together,” Khalilzad said in a tweet on Tuesday.