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Taliban Lack Sincerity in Negotiations Abdullah

Taliban Lack Sincerity in Negotiations: Abdullah

KABUL – As Taliban members are about to start negotiations with US representatives in Qatar for the fifth time in less than four months, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, says that Taliban has not shown willingness for direct negotiations with the Afghan government, adding that it is a key hurdle to the peace process.
“We are committed to negotiations, but I still regard lack of Taliban’s sincerity in negotiations as main obstacle to peace in Afghanistan,” Abdullah said at the Council of Ministers meeting. “It is essential that we engage in wide-ranging consultations before making decisions on national issues such as the Consultative Jirga.”
The statement come as US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad last week called on the National Unity government (NUG) to form an inclusive and national negotiating team in order to move forward the peace process. The government has already has formed a team, but Khalilzad says new figures show be included in the team to make it inclusive and national.
Meanwhile, CEO Abdullah pointed out to the Consultative assembly, on peace which will be held on next month on March 17, and said people will welcome any initiative which is aimed at moving the country closer to a permanent peace.
He further added, “Any steps that can take us further towards peace is welcomed, but we must consult on the schedule, objectives, procedures and our expectations from Consultative Jirga.”
According to the High Peace Council (HPC), the Consultative assembly will have almost 2,000 delegates and it is more likely that the US in coordination with the Afghan government will ask Taliban in Doha talks to send a delegation to the consultative meeting.
Abdullah also called on Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to be more cautious about civilian casualties in their operations.
“I would like to have the attention of security and defense officials in this regard,” he added.
(Sahar News)

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