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Afghanistan allies in peace meet in Doha

Special envoys of several countries will be seeking to formulate a joint response to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and press for a reduction of violence and ceasefire

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KABUL: Special representatives of Afghanistan allies in peace process have begun a three-day meeting in Doha to discuss ways to end violence and speed up the fractured peace talks, officials said on Tuesday.

The meeting will try to help formulate a joint international response to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

The meeting began with an inaugural speech by Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani and is expected to focus on peace in Afghanistan, said Fereydoun Khuzun, spokesman for High Council of National Reconciliation.

He reckoned that the Afghan delegation, headed by Abdullah AbdullahChairman of High Council for National Reconciliation, includes Masoom Stanekzai, Chairman of the government’s negotiating committee, and Seyed Saadat Mansour Naderi, State Minister for Peace.

Representatives from countries in the region and beyond as well as from multilateral organizations will press for a reduction of violence and ceasefire and a commitment not to recognize a government imposed by force.

They will also seek pressure on Taliban to stop their offensive and to negotiate a political settlement.

Khuzun added that the Troika meeting will be held on Wednesday, which will be attended by the special representatives of Pakistan, China, Russia and the United States, including Afghanistan.

This is as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is also attending the Doha meeting.

The increased tempo of Taliban military engagement, resulting civilian causalities in armed conflict between the sides, and alleged human rights atrocities are of grave concern. A negotiated peace is the only path to ending the war, and the United States will continue to work with all parties and with regional and international stakeholders to advance a consensus on a political settlement.

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