Peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday. It is expected that both sides will agree on issues to end the violence.
Peace talks between Afghanistan and Taliban (AFP) started in Qatar
A high-ranking delegation from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan led by President Abdullah Abdullah and a Taliban delegation led by the group’s deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar have begun talks on “peace”. It is expected that in this conversation, an agreement will be reached on those issues which will lead to a political solution in the country and end the violence.
Qatar is hosting the meeting where Afghan and Taliban negotiators have continued their talks for the past 10 months but no concrete progress has been made in these meetings so far. Former Vice Presidents Mohamed Karim Khalili, Ata Mohamed Noor, Batur Dostum Salam Rahimi and Syed Saadat Mansoor Naderi are part of the Afghan Republic’s delegation.
no military solution to the problem
Addressing the opening ceremony of peace talks in Doha, Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, said Afghans are going through difficult days, with a large amount of conflict continuing in the country, with people being the main victims. Abdullah said there were large-scale meetings between Afghan politicians and government leaders ahead of the Doha meeting, and everyone had the same message: There is no military solution to the Afghanistan problem.
He said all efforts should be focused on ending the war and achieving a political solution. Abdullah said that achieving peace requires flexibility from both sides. We believe that the regional and international environment has been provided. Afghans want world support for the peace process.
Private interests will have to be ignored
Addressing the event, Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar said the intra-Afghan talks in Doha needed to maintain hope despite the lack of progress. He said that he would try to make the talks successful. Baradar said a central and independent Islamic order is needed to ensure Afghanistan’s prosperity and to achieve this we must ignore our own personal interests.
Regarding unity among Afghans, Baradar said that Afghanistan is a common home for all Afghans and “if we want to achieve bigger goals, we must ignore the details”. He said that we should try for the unity of the country, eliminating the lack of trust. The meeting between the two sides is taking place at a time when there has been heavy fighting between government forces and the Taliban in different parts of the country for the past two months.
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