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HPC urges clear agenda for next round of peace talks

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The High Peace Council (HPC) emphasized on a clear agenda for next talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Expressing concerns over lack of coherent agenda on part of the Afghan government in the previous series of talks with the Taliban, a senior member of the HPC, Qazi Amin Waqad, said the Afghan authorities should have a clear stance and well-developed plan when talking to the insurgent group.

While talking to Azadi Radio, he said: “The next session of talks should not be like the previous one, where the Taliban participated with a well-developed plan, a viewpoint and a statement. However, our representatives had no agenda.”

A delegation including members of the HPC attended informal talks with the Taliban in Qatar recently. The meeting was organized by the Canadian-based Pugwash, a group that claims to promote dialogues.

According to reports, Pugwash will organize next session of negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, next week.

Abdul Qadir Zazai, the chief of the international relations committee of Wolesi Jirga, said participation of the representatives of the government and the parliament in the peace negotiations will prove helpful in striking a peace deal with the Taliban.

Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander, stressed that sincere efforts were required to bring lasting peace to the country. “Peace will come to Afghanistan, for people of the country want peace. However, sincere efforts from both the warring sides are required,” he added.

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