January 31, 2018
The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Ashraf Ghani welcomed Indonesian President, Joko Widodo to Kabul on Monday as the country still grieved the loss of hundreds of innocent Afghans. In a statement made on January 28th, President Ghani declared Sunday a national day of mourning and Monday a day off to more efficiently redirect government resources to serve those affected by the attack.
The statement declared: “Enemies of humanity and Islam – Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh and their sponsors – devastated the lives of hundreds of innocent Afghans in the last few days, conducting brutal terrorist activities in Kabul, Jalalabad and Kandahar.”
President Ghani saluted the bravery of the Afghan Security Forces, especially police who were the first line of defense against the attackers, and expressed his gratitude for the sympathies extended by international partners all over the world. United States President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were among those world leaders who shared messages of condolences. President Trump tweeted, “Taliban targeted innocent Afghans, brave police in Kabul today. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims, and first responders. We will not allow the Taliban to win!” Pope Francis also sympathized with Afghanistan, asking in remarks delivered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, “For how long will the Afghan people have to put up with this inhumane violence?”
On the evening of January 30th, President Ghani visited the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque in Kabul city to speak to local residents of the city. He shared his remarks to the crowd on social media: “I’m here to reassure you that Afghanistan will continue to rise and nothing will stop us from prevailing against those who kill our innocent people. I stand before you to assure you that we will avenge this carnage.