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Hekmatyar signs peace deal, urges other insurgent groups to follow

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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar formally signed the peace agreement through a video teleconference played in ARG Palace today.

The ceremony was attended by several high level government officials and prominent political figures including members of Hezb-e-Islami led by Hekmatyar.

The draft peace agreement concluded between Hezb-e-Islami delegation and the Afghanistan High Peace Council last Thursday and was signed by the two sides.

Hekmatyar signed the draft peace agreement in order to pave the way for the formal signing by President Ghani, the party’s chief negotiator Karim Amin said.

The peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami concluded after almost six months negotiations which started earlier this year with the formation of a Quadrilateral Coordination Group for the Afghan peace talks.

Hezb-e-Islami was the first anti-government armed militant group to join direct peace talks with the Afghan government. In his speech ahead of the formal signing today, Hekmatyar asked the neighboring countries of Afghanistan not to seek their interests in persistent violence in Afghanistan, and he urged members of other insurgent groups around the country to enter into peace talks with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.