Afghan Gov’t, Taliban Ready to Hold Peace Talks

The Afghan State Ministry for Peace Affairs announced it had made all logistical preparations ahead of peace talks, and the government negotiators will leave for Doha very soon.

Khairulbanat Sadat
3 Sep 2020
Afghan Gov’t, Taliban Ready to Hold Peace Talks

Speaking to TKG, Najia Anwari, a spokeswoman for the peace ministry, said the government’s negotiating team is clear on its agenda for the intra-Afghan talks, and a permanent ceasefire will be a key item on the agenda of the dialogue.

The government negotiators will fly to Doha as they prepare for the peace negotiations with the Taliban; when they leave for the Qatari capital of Doha, however, depends on the group’s preparation to be announced.

Concurrent with the start of direct talks with the Taliban, the two sides of the negotiating table will reach to an agreement in a specific principle, said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, a member of the government negotiating team told TKG.

The agenda of the negotiations will be set considering the principles and agreement reached by the two warring parties, Mr. Majroh added.
The political office of the Taliban in Qatar said it was ready to hold peace talks with the Afghan government after the prisoner release process is completed.

Speaking to TKG, Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the office of the armed group, said a Taliban’s technical team is overseeing the release of prisoners by the Afghan government.

The intra-Afghan talks would immediately begin if the group’s technical team confirmed the prisoner release process is completed, Shaheen said.

Despite the completion of the process of releasing Taliban prisoners, there are still concerns over disagreements between the government and the Taliban on setting an agenda for the talks.

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