Interim government means permanent opportunity for foreign intervention: national security advisor

8 Subh, Kabul: After President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani reiterated his opposition to an interim government, saying that it would be a “bloody and destructive” experience, his national security adviser also said that an interim government would represent a permanent opportunity for foreign intervention.

In a tweet on Saturday, January 30, Hamdullah Mohib wrote that those who were after the “lives and possessions” of others despite the peace talks should know that the people have understood the value of democracy and the system. According to him, this is not the time for the implementation of a foreign agenda in the country.

Mohib made the remarks in response to comments by Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the deputy of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar. He had announced in Moscow on Thursday that if Ashraf Ghani resigned, the Taliban would be ready to work peacefully with the new government. According to Mohib, if the Taliban had popular and religious legitimacy, the intra-Afghan talks would have continued based on a ceasefire.

Although the government and Taliban delegations are in Doha, serious talks between the two sides are yet to begin. Last week, Nader Naderi, the spokesperson for the government’s negotiating team in Qatar, said that the Taliban had not been ready for talks for the previous several days.

With the start of the second round of negotiations, the issue of an interim government has been discussed and mentioned in some political circles. However, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has strongly opposed the formation of an interim government in the country. He told an online meeting of the US Spin Information Institute on Thursday evening that an interim government would bring about “bloodshed and destruction.”