Remarks by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at Munich Security Conference 2017
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delivered his remarks in the 53rd Munich Security Conference later this evening. He said that it requires a focus at the global, continental, Islamic, regional and national levels to tackle terrorism. The Conference was organized in Munich city of Germany, attended by more than 30 State Leaders and 80 Defense and Foreign Ministers. The President added that Afghanistan is the frontline state and the first line of defense against terrorism, fighting 20 groups classified as terrorists by US and UN. He added that our fight against terrorism is not only for the liberty of Afghanistan but also for global security. President Ghani said that terrorism has combined social networks and virtual networks, using criminal economic networks particularly drugs as a platform for global criminal politics. He said that there is no boundary which terrorism will not cross and no space or social group that it will spare. President Ghani said that in order to contain terrorism, it requires a consensus, comprehensive approach, use of legitimate force, inclusion of key social strata like women and youth and isolation of states sponsoring terrorism. The President added that the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand and other parts of Afghanistan and the terrorist attack in Sindh of Pakistan are proof positive that there cannot be a distinction between good and bad terrorism. He said that terrorism is the defining challenge of our time which requires long-term commitment. President Ghani said that sensing the emerging patterns and responding to them might be difficult. The President said that state tolerance or state sponsorship, on the one hand, and state weakness, particularly corruption enable terrorism to operate and expand. He expressed that we can, will and must succeed against terrorism. The President stated that for tackling terrorism and curbing its expansion, it requires isolation of those states which rely on terrorism as an instrument of state policy.