KABUL (SW) - The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan has hailed the government for forming inclusive negotiating team for talks with the Taliban.
Zalmay Khalilzad. U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, said in a series of tweets that this consensus is a meaningful step that moves the parties significantly closer to intra-Afghan negotiations.
"I want to congratulate Afghan government, political & civil society leaders for coming together. They've forged an inclusive negotiating team for talks with the Taliban. The Islamic Republic delegation reflects the true tapestry of the nation and the instrumental role of women", he said.
Abdul Salam Rahimi, president's special representative and state minister for peace, said former intelligence chief Mohammed Masoum Stanekzai will head the committee.
It has 21 members namely:
Nader Nadery, Abdul Matin Bek, Habiba Sarabi, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Khalid Noor, Kalimullah Naqibi, Enayatullah Balkh, Shahla Farid, Mohammad Natiqi, Hafiz Mansour, Fawzia Kofi, Batur Dostum, Ghairat Baheer, Fatima Gailani, Zarar Ahmad Moqbel, Ghulam Farooq Majroh, Rasoul Talib, Sharifa Zurmati, Ameen Ahmadi and Ayoub Ansari.
Meanwhile, Omaid Maisam, a close aide to Abdullah Abdullah, 'president of the inclusive government' has said the negotiating committee is not inclusive.