President Ashraf Ghani has over the past few days met with a continuous number of stakeholders as he works on establishing an advisory board for the peace process.
At a meeting with several civil society organizations on Saturday, Ghani said the Afghan youth needs to play a significant role in the peace process as any achievements, or otherwise, will affect them in the long term, the presidential palace said in a statement.
The president said the younger generation represents the new Afghanistan; one that is willing to forget the past and look towards the future.
During the meeting he stated that the route to peace is full of obstacles, and the country needs to be ready to employ all available tools to achieve a positive outcome, the statement added.
According to the statement Ghani reiterated that any peace agreement must be ratified nationally before taking effect.
During the meeting civil society representatives shared their suggestions for peace negotiations, and welcomed Ghani’s move to engage the youth in a major policy-making process.
The meetings to discuss the advisory board for the peace process and formation of a negotiating team with Taliban started last week, and will continue for several days to come.
This moves comes on the back of the US Special Representative For Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad’s recent call to both the Afghan government and Taliban to establish an advisory team to work on peace talks.
He made it clear to government that this board should be fully inclusive and represent all people of Afghanistan.