The Kabul Process summit kicked off in capital Kabul days after the Afghan capital city was hit by some of the largest attacks that resulted into political stability.
A Taliban spokesman rejected Ghani’s latest offer of a peace dialogue and denounced Tuesday’s Kabul gathering as another attempt to “endorse and prolong foreign occupation” of Afghanistan.
All of those killed were Afghans. All of those killed were Afghans, and Ghani paid specific homage to 13 policemen who stopped the truck as it tried to enter the fortified district and were killed in the blast. According to Al Jazeera, who contacted Taliban said that the group was not involved in the attack.
Clashes between protesters and security forces broke out, resulting in the death of at least five people.
At least eight persons were injured during the protest and hospital officials said most of the wounded had been shot in legs and feet, said the report.
Armoured vehicles patrolled the streets as part of tight security and fighter jets roared over the capital.
Representatives of 23 countries, including the United States, India and China are attending the meeting, which aims to build global support on ways to restore security in the conflict-torn country.
UK Ambassador Dominic Jermey said it was “an important marker for each and every country in the region to show its true support for Afghanistan’s aspirations for peace”.
“We are offering a chance for peace but this is not an open-ended offer”.
“Any meeting that leads to an expansion of the invasion of Afghanistan is ineffective and Afghans will not believe in it”.
Earlier, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the “outrageous attack on mourners burying the martyred”.
“May Allah strengthen all those working for peace”.
The group is also blamed for several deadly attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in Kabul that killed 58 people.
But in February, the UN Security Council lifted sanctions on him, paving the way for his return to Afghanistan where he has called on the Taliban to come to the negotiating table.
Denouncing todays deadly attack on a peaceful funeral procession in Kabul as morally reprehensible and bereft of humanity, the top United Nations official in Afghanistan said that after a week of violence across the long-troubled country, now is the time to seek unity and solidarity.
Since the global military mission declared an end to its combat mission in 2014, the Taliban have made steady gains.
Previous global efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table have failed, but diplomats in Kabul hailed Tuesday’s conference as a stepping stone to peace.
After the attack, public anger against the Afghan government has spiked.