14 Jan 2018
Writer: Azizullah Popal

Turkey Hosts Afghan Peace Talks with Taliban Factions

A quadrilateral intra-Afghan peace dialogue began on Saturday in the Turkish capital Istanbul, to find a negotiated end to the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan, a reliable source said.

A participant of the meeting told media that the gathering initiated on Saturday would last three days (until Monday).
The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also shared a few photos of the gathering with media, saying the peace dialogue was arranged in cooperation with the Turkish government.
According to the source, Taliban's Qatar Office members, Mullah Mohammad Rassoul splinter faction members, the Afghan government representatives and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) members were attending the huddle.
Rahmatullah Wardak is representing the Taliban, Mullah Rauf and Abdul Halim the Rassoul group, Haji Dawajan Ahmadzai and Homayoon Jarir the HIA and Dr. Basir, envoy of High Peace Council (HPC) head Karim Khalili is speaking on behalf of the government in the session.
The meeting comes as reports suggest the Turkish government has proposed the Taliban to open a political office in the country.


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