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Consensus, Unified Voice Key to Ensure a Sustainable Peace, Stanekzai

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KABUL: Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai Head of the Negotiation Team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during an online meeting with Afghans living in European countries said that strengthening of consensus among Afghans and having a unified voice will ensure sustainable peace and stability in the country.

Mr. Stanekzai, and some other members of the negotiation team spoke in an online meeting with Afghans living in 13 European countries and the United States about the peace negotiations process, tweeted by the Peace Negotiation Team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Stanekzai while appreciating the participation of Afghans living abroad in the meeting said that the main victims of the current war in the country are Afghans.

Mr. Stanekzai, while emphasizing the strengthening of consensus among Afghans and having a unified voice to ensure sustainable peace and stability, said that Afghanistan must not go back to the dark past; instead, through unity and solidarity, we must strengthen the foundation laid.

Similarly, the participants shared their questions and views about the status of the peace process, the women, youth and minorities’ rights and their role in the peace process, the ongoing violence in the country and the reasons for the suspension of the negotiations.

The participants called ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan as a collective responsibility and said that all the people of Afghanistan should work in this regard in the light of the national interests of the country.

Responding to questions and concerns of the participants, members of the negotiation team stressed the importance of the role of refugees in the peace process and called on all Afghans to work for ending the war and achieving a ceasefire.

The members of the negotiation team also mentioned structures such as the parliament and the Loya Jirga as the final decision-makers of peace agreements to ensure that the country’s values are preserved.

Dr. Alema, Deputy Minister for Human Rights and Civil Society of the state ministry for peace, also stressed the importance of continuing these meetings and emphasized the importance of Afghan refugees’ inclusion in the peace process.

The discussions with Afghans living abroad were made at a time when the Taliban are on the run from the table of talks. No meeting has been held between the Afghan and Taliban negotiation teams for several weeks since the second phase of the process resumed in Doha.

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