President Ashraf Ghani has said that China is a global pillar of international peace and stability and that Beijing must play more inclusive role in stabilizing Afghanistan and the region.
“China today is a pillar of global stability. China has taken a huge role in making the stability of the global economy possible, and of course, with a series of initiatives, the most important of which is the One Belt One Road,” said Ghani in an interview with China’s CCTV.
He said the ongoing threats faced by Afghanistan are not confined to a single country and that the regional nations must arrive at a common understanding of these threats.
“First thing is to arrive at a common understanding of threats. Because these threats are not confined to one country, they emanate from networks. While Shanghai Cooperation is based on cooperation of states and people, so we need to understand that no country is safe from these threats,” he said.
Ghani’s assertions come at a time that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are tackling the Taliban insurgency in at least 14 provinces across the country.
However, Ghani believes that China can play an effective role in curbing the scale of violence in the country.
“Currently, security forces are leading operations in 14 provinces. Situation in Ghazni and Faryab provinces has now changed and the situation is improving there,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.
Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Lower House of Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, said the Afghan government needs to outline more comprehensive programs for areas under threats to overcome the current crisis.
“There is a confusion in the war in Afghanistan. First, we need to address this confusion,” said Daud Kalakani, one MP from Kabul.
“Government leaders need to reach a consensus and seriously work on the security issue and put it on their top priority,” said MP Farooq Majroh.
This comes as reports indicate that fatalities among government forces have significantly increased during the current fighting season compared with previous years – as the Taliban expands their offensives against multiple fronts in the country