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ICG Pledges Support to Afghan Peace Process

ICG Pledges Support to  Afghan Peace Process

BAKU - Delegates from 90 countries and international organizations discussed Afghanistan at the International Contact Group (ICG) meeting on Thursday.
The ICG members called on Afghanistan to make sure timely and credible parliamentary elections are held in the country.
Azerbaijan Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said the ICG is committed to working to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
He said it is the common job of all members to work for peace and security in Afghanistan and beyond the country.
Some Afghan lawmakers said efforts should be made to convince all parties in the summit to endorse peace in Afghanistan.
“The summit should try to convince all to endorse peace in Afghanistan. The hope for achieving peace will be difficult if any country tries for their own interests,” said MP Sayed Ali Kazemi.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Akaram Khpulwak, head of the secretariat of the High Peace Council (HPC), former Taliban envoy to Pakistan Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef and Maliha Hassan, a commissioner of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) are members of the Afghan delegation at the summit.
HPC spokesman Sayed EhsanTaheri said that during the conference, Afghanistan will brief member nations on progresses made in the country in the peace, security and elections.
“No doubt, whenever a meeting is held on Afghanistan outside the country, the basic discussion there is that our lobbies which are involved in the peace process in Afghanistan, the countries which are disrupting the peace process in the country, they must be put under pressure,” Taheri said.
“The Afghan government and the Taliban should reach to peace through negotiations,” said Hashim Alokozai, head of Afghan parliament’s defense and security commission.
The ICG was formed in 2009, bringing together 60 states and organizations. The group is aimed to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the region. Together with Afghanistan, Germany acts as co-chair of the ICG. (Tolo news)