KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the European Union’s statement on the Afghan peace process and elections.
A day earlier, EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini said they were awaiting preliminary results from the presidential election.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the EU Council of Foreign Affairs, she said the participants discussed the post-presidential election situation in Afghanistan.
“We are still waiting for the preliminary results to be announced, but we are stressing our determination to accompany an Afghan-owned and an Afghan-led process for negotiation that we hope can start soon between the government and the Taliban…”
The European Union (EU) high representative and vice-president also hoped the US-Taliban talks would resume soon to pave the ground for a genuine intra-Afghan peace process.
Presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqi told Pajhwok Afghan News the government welcomed the EU statement about Afghanistan.
He said the remarks were in Afghanistan’s national interest. Peace with dignity, an end to the war and continued cooperation with international partners, especially the US, were important for the nation, he concluded.