Afghanistan's national security adviser suddenly stepped back on Saturday over rising violence across the country and a high number of casualties inflicting Taliban on government forces.
Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, 49, said in his resignation letter shared with VOA, he left the office because of the development of "serious differences" with the top leadership of the government "over policies and principles."
President Ashraf Ghani's office quickly announced that he has accepted the resignation and replaced Atmar with Hamadullah Mohib, the Afghan ambassador to the US
In the President's statement, no reasons were given for Atmar's unexpected departure
Atmar said in the letter that he was unable to resolve disagreements with leading government officials in strengthening national unity restoring peace and security, elections, good governance and strengthening regional and international relations "
Two mainstream Afghan According to government sources, television stations reported that Ghani Atmar, Minister of the Interior and Defense and Chief of Intelligence, had called for resignation.
Afghan government officials were not there immediately (1
Atmar was one of the powerful figures in Ghanis besieged unitary government had served as interior minister under former President Hamid Karzai before being fired over a valley in 2010 iban attack in Kabul
The resignation Afghan National Security Advisor Comes to Reduce 17-Year Break for Peace with US Renewed Efforts to Promote Kabul-Taliban Peace Talks
The Abrupt Exit of One of the Biggest Days After the Ghani Government refused to attend a multinational conference, Russia wants to host on September 4, to discuss ways to end the war in Afghanistan, were joined by powerful government officials.
However, it was not clear if Kabul's decision to oppose Russia's rejection had anything to do with Atmar's resignation.
Washington also declined Moscow's invitation to participate.
The Taliban have already confirmed that they have received an invitation from the host country. Envoys will attend the one-day event in the Russian capital.
The insurgent group's planned participation in the conference would underscore Moscow's growing importance and contacts with the Taliban in recent years
Separately on Saturday, a suicide bomber detonated explosives on his body nearby An Afghan Electoral Commission office in the troubled eastern city of Jalalabad killed three people. There were no immediate claims to responsibility for the violence, although the terrorist group of the Islamic State has endorsed almost all recent bombings in the provincial capital.