No Compromise on Type of Govt in Talks, Says Saleh; ‘Collapse of the System’ Not Part of Peace Plan

Ghani said that peace will be restored in the country, but a peace that will honor the aspirations of the Afghan people.

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said that the collapse of the political system in the country will not be part of the peace plan.

He said that Afghanistan has experienced the collapse of the political system before, but this time the Afghan people and the government will not allow it to happen.

“We have witnessed the collapse of the system before,” said Ghani while speaking live at the graduation ceremony at Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul.

“The Afghan nation will not allow the collapse of the Islamic republic system–at any cost,” Ghani said.

Ghani said that peace will be restored in the country, but a peace that will honor the aspirations of the Afghan people.

“The system will move on based on the will and determination of the Afghan people,” said Ghani.

The remarks come as the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is expected to travel to Doha on Friday where it will sit with the Taliban to find a political settlement to the deadly conflict.

Negotiators from the Taliban and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are expected to convene their first meeting on Saturday.

The Afghan government on Thursday accused the Taliban of stalling for time in the peace talks, referring to the group’s recent claim that 100 Taliban prisoners held by the Afghan government–and on the Taliban’s list–have yet to be released.

The Afghan government has denied these claims.

No Compromise on Type of Govt in Talks, Says Saleh; ‘Collapse of the System’ Not Part of Peace Plan