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Second phase of informal peace talks will start soon: HPC

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The High Peace Council (HPC) said that the next phase of informal peace talks with the Taliban will be held soon.

Maulvi Shahzada Shahid, spokesman for the HPC, said that armed oppositions should avail the opportunity and come to the negotiation table. He said that the second phase of informal peace talks with the Taliban will be held in the near future. However, he did not provide details about venue and exact date of the talks.

He hoped that the informal talks will pave the ground for formal peace parleys between the government and the Taliban. “The Taliban has realized that peace is need of the hour and that the current war will have no winner,” Radio Azadi quoted Shahid as saying. He added that the main victims of the ongoing war are innocent civilians.

“A great opportunity has been created for peace, as Afghan security forces have taken full responsibility of security and foreign forces are leaving the country,” he said. Shahid called on the Taliban and other militant groups to avail the opportunity.

When asked about the Taliban’s conditions for peace, Shahid said: “Once formal talks were started, the Taliban will present their conditions and then we will assess that whether they are logical or not.”

He stressed that the talks should be Afghan-led.

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