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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 20, 2021. Karzai said the United States came to Afghanistan to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Karzai Says Afghans Yet to Reach Peace They Hoped for

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KABUL: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the Afghans have still not reached the peace which they have been hoping for and that the only way towards that peace is national unity and the inclusion of all Afghans in decision-making body of the country.

Talking with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the Former President called for convening of Loya Jirga (National Assembly)  

“As long as peace comes to Afghanistan and we don’t witness fighting among (several) fronts and inter-brother fighting—it is satisfactory, but we have not reached our most hoped-for peace and stability, which is the will of the Afghan people—the peace which is ensured through national unity—the peace in which all Afghans are considered in decision-making about Afghanistan,” Karzai said.

Karzai expressed his strong objection to the 20-year military presence of the US and allies in Afghanistan.

“In general, the US military action caused pain to the people of Afghanistan,” he said.  

Holding a Loya Jirga has been mentioned not only by Karzai but the European Union and the US as well.

“There is no decision on holding the Loya Jirga. About the future– of course, it is usual that the people of Afghanistan have always held gatherings, with the people and the Ulema, to make a good decision,” the Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told a press conference last week.  

“The mechanism of national unity depends on an inclusive government,” said Sayed Javad Sejadi, a political analyst.  

The former president criticized US president Joe Biden’s decision regarding the Afghan assets, saying that the people of Afghanistan are the victims of the terrorist themselves.

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