President off to Tashkent to attend peace conference

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani left for Uzbekistan Monday to attend international conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional collaboration” in Tashkent.

Leading a high-level delegation, the Afghan president will also held talks with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev besides speaking at the conference, said a press release issued by Presidential Palace.

It said the president would also meet EU high representative Federica Mogherini and representatives of some participating countries on the sideline of the two-day conference.

The Tashkent high-level conference would mostly discuss President Ashraf Ghani’s peace offer to Taliban, peace process and other related issues.

Russian foreign minister, US deputy secretary of state for the region, Saudi, UA and Iranian officials as well as Turkish and Pakistani foreign ministers are also expected to attend the moot.

The president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, National Security Advisor Muhammad Hanif Atmar, Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi, president’s advisor on infrastructure affairs Hamyun Qayum, High Peace Council Secretary Muhammad Akram Khpalwak, deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, president’s advisor on central Asian affairs Muhammad Shakir Kargar and others.