The Afghan authorities and the Taliban fashioned on Sunday working teams to take dialogue ahead, a day after they started their first direct talks to finish almost twenty years of preventing.
Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the Excessive Council of Nationwide Reconciliation of Afghanistan, informed a press convention in Doha, Qatar that each Kabul and the insurgents may emerge as “winners” by preserving the door of negotiations open.
He argued for a “significant” discount in violence, adopted by a brief, and an eventual everlasting cease-fire.
“It would be miscalculation to think that causing more casualties would make people more hopeful about peace. Increasing the casualties is not a solution,” he stated.
The Afghan authorities’s high negotiator, Mohammad Massoum Stanikzai, stated the 2 sides have reached “some primary agreements” on transferring to agenda-setting and ideas for in-depth negotiations.
In the meantime, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem stated the group’s deputy chief, Mullah Baradar, and chief negotiator Mawlawi Abdul Hakeem Haqqani, met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to debate the peace course of.
“So far, the contact groups have not met. When the two groups sit together, they will pave the way for a meeting of the negotiating teams,” he stated in a sequence of tweets in Pashto language.
The landmark intra-Afghan peace talks within the Gulf state comply with a US-Taliban deal reached in February. The 2 sides are aiming for political reconciliation and an finish to a long time of violence.
They are going to be tackling robust points, which is able to embrace the phrases of a everlasting cease-fire, constitutional adjustments and energy sharing.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the inaugural session on Saturday that democracy has labored greatest for the US and plenty of different nations, however “no one size fits all.”
He, nonetheless, added that the scope and dimension of future US help to Afghanistan is conditional to the longer term “choices and conduct” of Afghans.
“So I cannot strongly enough urge you: Seize this opportunity. Protect this process. Respect each other. Be patient.”