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Qatar vows support for Kabul-Taliban parleys

KABUL: The Qatari government has promised any cooperation for settlement of peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban militants, the High Peace Council said.

The council spokesman, Sayed Ehsan Taheri said Wednesday that representative of Qatari foreign ministry, Mutlaq al Qahtani met with the chairman of the high peace council, Mohammad Karim Khalili, said in Kabul that Doha was trying its best to persuade the two sides to come to the table of negotiation.

Qahtani landed Kabul on Tuesday and met President Ashraf Ghani.

“The representative of Qatari foreign ministry has committed that his country is to cooperate with every sector especially in setting dialogues between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban as well as to consolidate the peace and stability process,” Taheri said.

Taliban are yet to comment in this regard.

The visit of Qatari diplomat coincided with the trip of Indonesian president’s representative to Kabul, who also met with President Ghani and head of the High Peace Council.

Hamed Awaloddin also promised his country’s help with the peace process in Afghanistan, according to Taheri.

Political analysts believe that Qatar could play a useful role in the peace process as it is home to Taliban’s political office.

“Qatar can play a decisive role because it has granted a place for Taliban’s office and supports them somehow. Doha does not want to deteriorate its relations with the United States and also tries to keep it ties with Taliban. Thus it cannot play a negative role, all the roles it plays is in benefit of the peace in Afghanistan,” political expert, Dawood Mayar said.

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