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Afghan Ambassador: 'This Is the Most Islamic Constitution a Country Can Have'

WASHINGTON – Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Hamdullah Mohib praised President Obama for the drone strike in Pakistan that killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban.

“Muhammad Mansour was an impediment to peace and we welcome President Obama’s decision and his bold action to eliminate a person who was preventing other Taliban elements in the calls from our government for the peace process. It’s not just about that action – it gives the Afghan people hope that our most important partner, the United States, is serious about peace in Afghanistan,” Mohib said at a World Affairs Council event in Washington.

“It also creates an opportunity for us to be able to build on that and invite those who are leaning toward peace but perhaps were prevented from it,” he added.

Mohib said Muhammad Mansour’s death brings another opportunity for peace to Afghanistan.

“We have extended the hand of peace once again to all those Taliban who might want to take this opportunity now and join the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” he said.

After electing their new leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban said they will not back down from violent jihad despite pressure to cut a deal.

Mohib stressed that the Afghan government will not make “compromises” on its constitution.

“That has been very clear right from the beginning that this process is to provide an opportunity for those who may have legitimate grievances towards Afghanistan and if they are willing to drop their guns and come to negotiate that the government will be open to negotiate a peace deal with them – but not at the price of the progress we have made,” he said.

Mohib said he does not believe anyone in Afghanistan has a problem with the existing constitution.