A number of former government officials, political affairs analysts and politicians on Tuesday said the Kabul Process is a good chance for the National Unity Government (NUG) to gain the support of regional and international countries in its drive for peace.
This comes on the eve of the second Kabul Process meeting scheduled for Wednesday. Twenty five countries and organizations will attend the meeting including the United Nations and NATO.
According to former government officials and political analysts, if the Afghan government can convince regional and international nations to convert Afghanistan from a center of conflict into a center of cooperation, the country’s complicated situation will change for the better.
“If the National Unity Government can convince the big powers, regional and neighboring countries, to make Afghanistan a center of cooperation rather than conflict, it will be a big achievement for the NUG,” Shahzada Massoud, an advisor to the former government said.
The Afghan government is expected to map out its peace plan at the Kabul Process meeting and hopes to garner international support for it.
In addition, government will also announce its peace outline for the Taliban.
“For those Taliban and groups who want to join the peace process, there are no conditions and they can came and start negotiations,” said Haroon Chakhansuri, President Ashraf Ghani’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Communications and Media.
A number of experts, however, said the NUG in addition to gaining regional and international support, should resolve its internal disagreements and tensions.
“An international consensus has been made for counter-terrorism efforts, and if Afghanistan can organize its internal power and forces and make a strong regional consensus, it can achieve good results,” said the head of the Afghan Civil Society Forum, Azizullah Rafie.
According to Chakhansuri, the Kabul Process will comprise three sections. First, President Ashraf Ghani will speak at the opening of the conference, then the head of the High Peace Council (HPC) Mohammad Karim Khalili and National Security Advisor for the president Mohammad Hanif Atmar will lead group discussions on peace and counterterrorism and finally the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will summarize the findings of the conference.