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Afghan, NATO officials discuss Loya Jirga, peace process

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KABUL: Resolute Support Mission (RSM) commander Gen. Scott Miller held talks with Afghan officials on convening Consultative Loya Jirga for Peace, where he discussed issues related to security and preparations. 

Miller met Mohammad Omar Daudzai, President’s Special Representative for Regional Consensus on Peace and HPC Secretary, and Gen. Khushal Sadat, Deputy Minister of Interior, HPC said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the ongoing peace efforts and preparations for forthcoming Consultative Loya Jirga had dominated topic of discussions.

“If peace process be succeeding, it is important to be intra-Afghan and Afghan-led,” Daudzai said, and have briefed NATO commander detailed information about preparations of Jirga.

Participants of the Jirga have almost been completed, he said.

The Jirga would be held on April 29 and at least 3,000 people from across the country will take part in the Jirga. 30 percent of them would be women to elucidate red lines in talks with the Taliban group.

Many Afghan officials, including Presidential candidates have boycotted the Jirga, where they said it is nothing but an electoral campaign for President Asrhaf Ghani.

However, Miller said continuation of war could not bring any change or stop the war in the country. He termed political solution as the only way to end the war, and backed intra-Afghan and Afghan-owned peace negotiations.

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