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Afghan, Saudi officials discuss mechanism help bring peace in Afghanistan

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AT-KABUL: National Security Adviser, Haneef Atmar in a telephonic conversation Tuesday with his Saudi counterpart Mohammad Saleh al-Ghafili, discussed the implementation and improvement of the Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, United States and United Arab Emirates cooperation mechanism at the level of national security advisers.

The two sides emphasized that the mechanism would help peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.

Atmar informed Saudi official of the government-declared ceasefire with the aim of reaching a lasting peace and stability, and called the Afghan government’s program important in strengthening peace in the region.

Ghafili praised Afghan government’s efforts in prevention of the illegal war and bloodshed and said it was an unforgettable sacrifice for the Muslim society.

On behalf of the Saudi government, Ghafili announced support of the Afghan government’s ceasefire initiative, assuring Atmar that Riyadh would back the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.