(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday morning that for the first time in decades, a real opportunity for peace has presented itself and that Afghanistan is well prepared for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
This comes after US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced last week that all foreign troops will be out of the country by September 11.
On Sunday, Ghani said at a 6.30am security meeting at the Presidential Palace (ARG), that 'for the first time in modern history, the best opportunity has been provided for Afghanistan. We have been fully prepared for this day for the past two years and for their withdrawal.
'We are fully prepared to defend our soil and it is time for Afghanistan's national sovereignty to be fully realized and for Afghanistan to prove its neutrality, Ghani said.
'One is the republican ranks and the other is the enemy. Those who do not stand in the republican ranks have no place in the state, Ghani said.
Ghani also said that the Taliban have no religious legitimacy to continue the war, and that Islamic religious scholars from around the world have condemned the war in Afghanistan.
Referring to the review of regional relations with Afghanistan, the president said: 'Today is a day of decision for Pakistan. If our country is in turmoil, their country will be in turmoil and if they want our welfare, they will also provide welfare.
'The choice of friendship and enmity is in their hands and in the case of friendship, Afghanistan is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in increasing cooperation between the countries of the region and the world, Ghani added.
He also stated that: 'Our vision is national sovereignty, republicanism, democracy, prosperity, a free and independent Afghanistan. If the Taliban make peace within this framework, we are open to them and any choice other than that is the Taliban's pretext for continuing the war.
'We are a people of determination, not fear, he added.
Ghani also awarded state medals to 16 members of Kabul's PD1 security district at Sunday's meeting.
After presenting the medals to the officials, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh briefed those in attendance on the achievements of the 6.30 am security meetings.
'Promise keeping has become a principle and as a result of continuous efforts, the crime graph in Kabul has dropped dramatically and public satisfaction with government services has increased, Saleh said.
Ghani lauded officials for their achievements around the 6.30am initiative and said: 'You have brought about positive change as a result of group management, you have the capacity, and perseverance and I am your full supporter. (ATN)
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