Atmar: Time to Start Intra-Afghan Talks for National Unity

The Acting Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar, who took his new office on Sunday, called on Afghan political leaders to end their rift, referring to the tensions between President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, which has remained unsolved despite national and international efforts.

Atmar said it is the time to prioritize the national interests, adding “the election is over for us.”

He said that based on the law, the decision of the election commissions – which announced Ghani as the winner of last year’s presidential elections – should be accepted.

“It is the time to respect the law, whether we like the (election) results or not and (we should) prioritize the national interests under the current critical situation,” Atmar said.

Atmar said Afghanistan faces four types of crisis: war, lack of regional consensus, the coronavirus crisis and the longstanding rift on election results.

“It is the time to end the tensions and come together for the sake of unity and the people’s rights and move towards intra-Afghan negotiations,” he added.

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