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Afghan, Taliban negotiators meet in Qatar

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KABUL: As violent fighting remains unabated in Afghanistan, a high-ranking delegation of the Afghan government and the Taliban representatives held high-stakes talks in Doha on Saturday after constant failures to broker a peace deal.

The talks have lost momentum with the Taliban making battlefield gains, undermining months of painstaking negotiations that seldom yielded a tangible result.

The Afghan delegation is led by chairman of high council for national reconciliation Dr. Abdullah and several government officials and influential politicians.

These meetings happen on the heels of an international pressure for both sides to engage in serious peace talks for a negotiated political settlement rather than maneuvering into the battle.

In his address in Doha meeting, Dr. Abdullah said that Afghanistan people and government unanimously agree that there is no military solution to the conflict and all energy and efforts must focus on reaching a political settlement to end the war and agree on a joint roadmap.

He warned that emphasis on winning through force and violence will not yield any result. “Afghanistan still needs reconstruction and good relationships with the region which requires peace and stability.

Abdullah said the talks must venerate Afghan people and include their views and demands. “If we ignore them, this war might prolong even further and the country would be ruined again,” he said.

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