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Government should share peace moves with parliament: Lawmakers

AT-KABUL: The members of parliament asked the government to share all moves regarding the peace process with them.

“Peace is a national process and major need for the people of Afghanistan. We don’t reject peace, but the process has to convince people and it should be clarified with all its details to the people and their representatives. We want such a peace process and we support it,” Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, parliament speaker said Monday.

The demands come at a time that the Zalmai Khalilzad, special envoy of the US secretary of state said that Washington would be ready to hold unconditioned talks with Taliban.

The US wants to reach a suitable resolve over the Afghan issue that is worth the expenses by the United States in Afghanistan, Khalilzad told Western media.

Taliban had earlier held talks with the US diplomats in Qatar, while the insurgent group sat with Afghan officials in Saudi Arabia, according to reports. But, Mohammad Karim Khalili, head of the High Peace Council dismissed the reports, saying that no dialogues were held with the militants.

A peace council official has said the council would inform the people of Afghanistan about all the moves over the peace program.

“We have talked with different parts of society regarding this and all of them have supported the peace process. They consider peace as a basic need for the country. We have talked to the members of parliament and have taken their viewpoints,” said Habibullah Fawzi, a member of the council.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers say that peace efforts had been going on for several years, but had no consequences.

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