MEHWAR: Ghani and Trump Phone Conversation Discussed
US President Donald Trump in a phone conversation on Thursday thanked President Ghani for his cooperation in the release of two AUAF professors and invited Ghani for an official visit to the US, which Ghani accepted, Palace spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter late Thursday.
Sediqqi reported that the two leaders spoke about the peace process:
“President Trump … stated that for any process to succeed, the Afghan government’s inclusion in the talks and their ownership and leadership of the process from the outset is imperative, which must begin immediately.”
Notably, Sediqqi tweeted that in response to a discussion of Ghani’s “7-point peace plan,” President Trump “insisted on a ceasefire as precondition before negotiations,” but a White House statement that summarized the call only mentioned a “reduction of violence” as being necessary to move the peace process forward.
In this episode host Karim Amini discusses the topic with Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.