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‘Peace deal with HIA to be finalized soon’

AT-KABUL: The High Peace Council assures that the peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) party would be finalized by the end of the current week.

The draft of the deal will be signed with HIA in two to three days, deputy of the peace council Abdul Khabir Ochqoon told Radio Azadi.

Negotiations began five months ago and finally both sides reached out an agreement over a draft comprised of 25 articles.

The council also said that the peace deal was due to be signed before the Eid holidays, but it was postponed because of some technical issues.

The Hezb-i-Islami had earlier nodded to join peace process and started negotiation with the government. The government welcomed the preparedness of HIA for peace parleys.

After-long term negotiation, both sides’ delegates agreed over establishing a draft. The draft has been handed over to President Ashraf Ghani and HIA party for further discussion, where recently both side agreed to sign the peace deal soon.

HIA had set different condition including removal of the Party members name from UN black lists, freed of HIA members from prisons and transferring of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.

Afghan government, HPC and HIA also have been reached to agreement over several issues including accept of constitution during recent long term negotiation.

Most of Afghan people welcomed the negotiation with HIA party and they are optimism that joining of this party will positively impact over stability in the country.

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