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Ghani leaves on two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

AT Monitoring-KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani left for a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. President Ghani is expected to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and other high-ranking officials.

The president’s spokesman, Ajmal Abedi, did not provide details about agenda of the trip, but said that President Ghani made the trip on an invitation of Saudi Arabian officials.

A press statement issued by the Presidential Palace said that National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar, Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muhammad Khan, Secretary of the High Peace Council (HPC) Masoom Stankzai and other high-ranking officials are accompanying the president in the trip.

However, some members of the HPC said that peace process of Afghanistan would be definitely discussed during this trip.

Maulvi Shahzada Shahid, spokesman for the HPC, told Radio Azadi that Saudi Arabia could play a good role in bringing lasting peace to Afghanistan.

“Saudi Arabia can play a very good role in paving the ground for brining peace and tranquility to Afghanistan, for the country has good ties with the Afghan government as well as its’ armed opposition,” Shahid added.

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