Ashraf Ghani

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Taliban fighters visit the government-controlled areas to greet people and celebrate Eid together during the recent cease-fire in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Credit Muhammad Sadiq/Epa-Efe, via Rex, via Shutterstock

About half of Afghanistan’s population — around 33 million — is young enough to have never seen a day of peace. The milestones of their young lives have been marked by loss and violence. For 38 years now, peace in my country has remained a dream, a prayer on our lips.

On June 15, on the festival of Eid, our prayers were answered. A few days earlier, as the month of Ramadan was coming to an end, almost 3,000 Islamic scholars convened in Kabul and issued a fatwa reminding us that the quest for peace is a commandment of Allah and a national imperative.…  Seguir leyendo »

Having chosen unity over division in the first peaceful and democratic transition of power in our nation’s history, we are visiting the United States to deepen the cooperation between our countries. With U.S. support, the hardworking people of Afghanistan can rebuild our country, develop our economy and resist terrorism.

Both cursed and blessed by its location in the heart of Asia, our country has seen too much violence. More than 1 million Afghans died, and more than 30 percent of our population was forced into exile during the struggle to defeat the Soviet invasion in the 1980s. Then came meddling regional actors, who took advantage of feuding factions and a power vacuum, only to be followed by the Taliban, which brought deadly repression and became host to terrorists.…  Seguir leyendo »