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Khalili meets party leaders to talk peace prospects

KABUL: The leadership of the High Peace Council met on Wednesday with representatives of some political parties as well as other politicians in Kabul.

The council’s chairman, Mohammad Karim Khalili, said that it was the best opportunity for peace in the country and the council had made indirect contacts with the Taliban and other groups involved in the war, and all had expressed willingness for peace.

The council’s officials revealed that the government was working to appoint a delegation for a face-to-face dialogue with the militants.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Mohaqiq, deputy chief executive said that the talks should be without any preconditions and if the Taliban want another country for the talks or some amendments in the constitution, the government would accept their demands.

But leader of Hezb-e-Islami, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar emphasized on a safe place for the talks.

Rangin Dadfar Spanta, national security adviser for former president Hamid Karzai, criticized the government’s policies, saying its “incorrect policies and strategies” with the region, Taliban made contacts with different regional countries and Afghanistan had turned into the field of a proxy war.

The meeting was held ahead of another one scheduled to be held in Norway for the peace program in Afghanistan, in which Afghan politicians and former officials of Taliban have been invited.

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