Istanbul Summit on Afghanistan Scheduled for April 16

Istanbul Summit on Afghanistan Scheduled for April 16

The summit on the Afghan peace process, which has been discussed in Washington for the last month, will open in Istanbul on April 16 and will last 10 days. This was announced today, April 4, by Ariana News.

The United States hopes that at the conference under the auspices of the UN, it will be possible to bring together representatives of Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, and India. US Special Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives from the UN, Turkey, and Qatar are to hold final consultations with Afghan leaders.

The day before, speaking at a press conference, Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib said:

“We are in contact with the Turkish side. They are interested in the success of the summit. “
Sources say that the Afghan Ministry of Peace will report at the summit the position of Afghan politicians on the peace plan proposed by Joe Biden, in particular, on the creation of an interim government in Afghanistan.

At the same time, Mohib stressed the need for a democratic way of transferring power. He stated that the government is ready to hold early presidential elections and that “President Ashraf Ghani will not participate in the elections.

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“This government is elected by the people, the people voted for it, and if another government is formed by popular vote, that is also normal, but when it comes to the future of Afghanistan, it cannot be a decision of only 40 people,” Mohib said. “Today, anyone wants to be part of the future government, but you need to take part in the elections.”
As TOPNEWS reported, until recently, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani did not accept the plan proposed by the US State Department for a peaceful settlement, precisely because of the clause on the creation of an interim government with the participation of the Taliban, as well as the inclusion of Taliban members in the Afghan parliament.