First entry: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 03:55
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hinted at an international summit on Tuesday that he would accept the formation of a transitional government in his country, an idea he has so far rejected.
The formation of a “government for the restoration of peace” could be part of the peace process, Ghani said during a summit in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. This transitional government would include members of the current government and “other Afghans”.
By that term, the head of state apparently referred to the Taliban.
Until yesterday, the Afghan president rejected any possibility of forming a transitional government and insisted that he would hand over power only to an elected government, in compliance with the Constitution.
In yesterday’s post, he did not clarify what his role will be in the future.
The Afghan government and the Taliban have been holding peace talks since September 2020, but to no avail. One of the issues being discussed is what the composition of the government will be in the event of a peace agreement being signed.
The United States recently proposed the formation of a transitional government – a “peace government”, as used by Washington – with the participation of the Taliban. According to the American plan, a new Constitution will be drafted and then power will be handed over to a new government after elections are held.
The government of new US President Joe Biden is trying to speed up the peace process in Afghanistan. However, it remains uncertain whether and to what extent he will honor the commitment of his predecessor, Donald Trump, under the agreement with the Taliban in February 2020, that foreign troops will have withdrawn from the war-torn country by May 1st.
A US-sponsored summit scheduled for next month in Turkey is set to boost the process. The date will not be officially announced.
However, observers are very concerned about the process. On the one hand, if Washington does not withdraw its forces by the agreed date, there is a risk of a new escalation of hostilities. On the other hand, if the foreign powers withdraw without a political agreement, the war is also likely to escalate.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 03:55