Afghan president calls upon Taliban to join peace process

KABUL, May 4 (Xinhua) — Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday called upon Taliban militants to give up fighting and initiate peace talks to boost the national reconciliation in the war-battered country.

“I am calling upon Taliban to follow Hekmatyar step and initiate dialogue with government for returning lasting peace in Afghanistan,” the president said at a ceremony held in Presidential Palace to welcome Hekmatyar.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Afghanistan’s Hizb-e-Islami, or Islamic Party, arrived in Kabul on Thursday, ending decades of exile and fighting against the government to strengthen national reconciliation and… Read More on