KABUL (SW) – A top delegation led by the peace council chairman Abdullah Abdullah departed for Doha on Friday for crucial talks with the Taliban amid ensuing violence in Afghanistan.
Speaking to reporters at the airport in Kabul, Abdullah said the Taliban must realize the raging war and advances on districts would lead them nowhere, and they need to capitalize on this chance for political settlement in the country.
Earlier, former president Karzai dubbed this delegation comprising of key politicians namely former vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili, Ata Mohammad Noor, head of the splinter faction of Jamiat-e-Islami, chief negotiator Masoom Stanekzai, Salam Rahimi, Fatima Gailani and State Minister for Peace Affairs Sadat Mansoor Naderi as a strong and with decision making power.
There has been no immediate response from the Taliban to these developments.
The intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha are part of the US – Taliban peace deal inked in February 2020, but both the Afghan government and the insurgents have been blaming each other for the lack of progress on the negotiation table since.