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Govt. negotiating team must be inclusive: Khalili

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KABUL: Head of High Peace Council (HPC), Karim Khalili on Saturday stressed on the formation of an inclusive negotiating team for the upcoming peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Speaking at a campaign rally of Stability and Partnership ticket, he warned that if the government excluded him or any other influential political party from the talks, these parties would enter into “direct talks with the Taliban.”

Khalili’s remarks come as the government has appointed a 15-member negotiating team for the peace talks with the Taliban. However, the names and members of the people are yet to be disclosed.

Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, CEO Abdullah Abdullah reiterated his commitment to bringing peace. “We never want to keep our position and our power at the expense of war’s continuation,” the presidential candidate said.

This comes as after a probable peace deal; the Taliban would demand a delay in the upcoming presidential election. However, President Ghani has stressed on holding the election at any condition.

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