Afghan media hail Tashkent conference an opportunity for bolstering peace efforts

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M - A final declaration on the situation in Afghanistan has been adopted at the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan on March 27, UzA reports.

"I left Kabul for Tashkent to attend Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan". Afghan delegation is led by President Ashraf Ghani.

On the sidelines of the conference, Ghani would meet with representatives from some other countries, including Federica Mogherini, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. The United States was represented by Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon.

In return, the militants would have to recognize the Kabul government and respect the rule of law.

The declaration distributed at the end of the conference noted the signatories' "strong backing for the National Unity Government's offer to launch direct talks with the Taliban, without any preconditions" and called on the Taliban to accept the offer.

The Taliban has been resurgent since the withdrawal of US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops at the end of 2014, taking back territory and devastating Afghanistan's beleaguered security forces.

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The United States has refused to withdraw troops and insisted that the Afghan government must play a lead role in peace negotiations.

During the trip, Ghani will hold talks with his Uzbek counterpart President Shavkat Mirziyoyevon and the two leaders will discuss the expansion of bilateral relations, economic ties and fighting terrorism, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

She also explained that China supports all efforts to facilitate peace, rebuilding, and national reconciliation in Afghanistan and that her country would work alongside the worldwide fraternity to continue playing a constructive role in supporting and helping Afghans achieve peace, stability, and development soon.

The Special Envoy thanked all States and the Afghan Government in particular for supporting and blessing Qatari efforts to find a solution to the crisis.

Russian Federation and the United States also butted heads over Afghanistan in the run-up to the conference.

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