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Abdullah derides Taliban for leveraging violence for political advantage

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KABUL: Condemning the recent violence in the country, Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, hit out at the Taliban for trying to gain political advantage by escalating violence.

Dr. Abdullah made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting with Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamelov in Tashkent.

“There is now an exceptional opportunity to achieve peace in Afghanistan and the Afghan government is committed to using this opportunity for peace and stability,” he was quoted as saying.

He called on the Taliban to seize this opportunity to restore peace in Afghanistan.

“Peace in Afghanistan can help us secure the region, fight terrorism, extremism and bring economic development,” he said, adding that peace in Afghanistan means peace and stability in the region and in Central Asia.

He stressed the role of Uzbekistan as Afghanistan’s neighbor in the country’s peace efforts.

During his meeting with Abdullah Abdullah, the Uzbek Foreign Minister reiterated his country’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace efforts. He called peace and stability in Afghanistan in the interest of peace, stability and economic development in the region, and said that Uzbekistan was ready to help Afghanistan achieve its goal.

This is as Dr. Abdullah had left for Uzbekistan on Tuesday at helm of a high-level government delegation upon an invitation by Uzbekistani government.

During his visit, Dr. Abdullah will meet with the President, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Islamic Board, Chairman of Religious Affairs Commission of Uzbekistan and a number of other high-ranking officials.

Abdullah’s visit is a continuation of his regional trips to garner support for Afghanistan’s peace efforts. Abdullah has previously traveled to Pakistan, India and Iran to gain regional support for the Afghan peace process.

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