Afghan, Taliban Negotiating Teams Hold Meeting in Doha

Sep 16, 2020

Afghan, Taliban Negotiating Teams Hold Meeting in Doha

Kabul (Afghanistan) September 16: The negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a meeting on Tuesday evening but could not agree on the framework and the schedule of the negotiations, according to statements by the two teams.
The statements by Afghan negotiator Nader Nadery and Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem on Tuesday meeting carried the same context.
The two sides assigned two members from each team as contact persons between the two sides, the statements read.
TOLOnews reporter Karim Amini says that the framework of the talks had 23 articles initially but now it has 19 articles. The two sides are yet to finalize the framework of the negotiations.
Tuesday's meeting was the second meeting between the two negotiating teams. Their first meeting was held hours after the opening ceremony of the negotiations on Saturday in which they formed to assign members of contact groups.
This comes as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi Tuesday and met with India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other senior Indian officials, according to a statement by India's External Affairs Ministry.
Khalilzad discussed the recently inaugurated Afghanistan peace negotiations, the statement said. 
The statement said that the United States and India share the view that the peace process must continue until there is agreement on a political roadmap and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.
Khalilzad stressed regional and international support is critical for the success of these negotiations and the implementation of any agreement, the statement added.
This comes as First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said there will be no compromise on the title, the context and the type of future government in Afghanistan in the peace negotiations with the Taliban as he addressed an event in Kabul on Monday.
Saleh said that Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the US National Security Council Lisa Curtis has assured him that the US the Taliban and their supporters will harm if the group violates ethical and political framework in the intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha.
But, Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban's negotiating team, said on Tuesday that a ceasefire will not be possible unless there is a decision on the future government in Afghanistan.
"We want these issues to be solved soon. We want a ceasefire. It is in the (US-Taliban) agreement. All Afghans want it, but if it is in a way that we don't talk on it (future government) and we agree on a ceasefire while their administration (Afghan government) is there. This is not a reality," Shaheen said.
Source: TOLO News