AT News Report
KABUL: Afghanistan’s High Peace Council says it welcomes the new round of the US special envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad to Europe and Asia, calling it effective to gain a comprehensive peace.
Khalilzad started visits from March 25 during which he is scheduled to go to the United Kingdom, Belgium, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Jordan and Qatar until April 10, according to the United States’ state department. Khalilzad will discuss Afghan peace process with the leaders of these countries, prior to begin the sixth round of negotiations with Taliban representatives in Qatari capital city of Doha.
Hajji Din Mohammad, deputy chief of the peace council said Wednesday that regional and international support for the peace process was a need that should be taken serious.
“We see Mr. Khalilzad’s visits effective in the regional consensus. The peace will be durable when regional states cooperate with, otherwise the process will likely face challenge. So, this is necessary to get regional states and world powers’ trust,” said Mohammad.
Khalilzad is also supposed to meet Afghan leaders over forming an inclusive negotiating team, according to the US department of state.
Separately, lawmaker Sayed Ali Kazemi says the peace process still lacks an inclusive consensus.
“Our expectation is that the governments of Afghanistan and the US manage to gain a consensus over peace. I hope this time we make a clarification regarding a timetable on peace,” said Kazemi.
Khalilzad has so far met Taliban negotiating teams for five times discussing the end of war and find a way for peace. The last round that ended on March 13, was said to have had progresses over the US withdrawal and a guarantee from Taliban that Afghan soil would not be used again by terrorist networks to threaten world stability.
Taliban has not yet accepted holding talks with Afghan government.