Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter that there is a lot of “chatter in Kabul about intra-Afghan negotiations.”
He clarified that those negotiations will occur after US concludes its own agreements and the Intra-Afghan talks will take place between the Taliban.
Khalilzad added that the talks will happen with an inclusive and effective national negotiating team consisting of senior government officials, key political party representatives, civil society and women.
This comes after the Afghan State Ministry for Peace Affairs announced that the peace talks will begin within next two weeks between the representatives of Afghan government and Taliban group.
The ministry had started consultations with different stakeholders on forming a 15-member negotiating team who will lead the peace talks with the Taliban, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Members of the team will include some delegates of the recent Doha meeting and also people with peace and negotiations background, as per statement.
The statement further added that the members of the team will represent people from different walks of the society including religious scholars, women and civil society members.
The state ministry for peace affairs called on the warring sides to reduce level of violence ahead of the direct talks.
Earlier it had been announced that the next round of intra-Afghan talks will be held in Samarkand city of Uzbekistan.