Abdullah to Taliban: Peace Not Possible With Just Words

Kabul: As Taliban attacks intensify across the country, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), said that peace cannot be achieved “just by words” and that the parties must take practical action.

Speaking at a meeting of the Women’s Committee of the High Council for National Reconciliation in Kabul on Tuesday, Abdullah said that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban should take steps to help the two sides achieve peace. He stressed that the Taliban should make its demands through negotiations.

He said the two sides must go through this stage in the peace process and work together on its next steps. Abdullah Abdullah, however, stressed that the last step should be to determine the country’s leadership based on the vote of the Afghan people. However, he said that if war is imposed on the Afghan people, the Afghan government and people must defend the people.

Abdullah added that Afghanistan is in the same situation at the moment, but had not yet reached the end. However, he noted that this did not mean that negotiations with the Taliban would be cut off. “It means that we understand the situation and those around us,” the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation stressed. “Let’s proceed with the negotiations with all sincerity.”

Abdullah also said the Afghan government is already ready to negotiate with the Taliban. On the other hand, he added that a meeting between the delegations of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban is scheduled in the “coming days”. According to Abdullah, the meeting will be held at a different level than the current level of delegations.

He stressed that the Afghan government delegation is ready to participate in this meeting and will participate in it with the intention of ending the war in the country. Abdullah Abdullah did not provide further details.

Meanwhile, sources in Qatar told Hashte Subh daily that the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah leading lead a high-level delegation, representing the government, will travel to Doha on July 16, to hold talks with the Taliban. The delegation members have yet to become official. The delegation was scheduled to visit Doha last month, but was delayed due to discrepancies over the agenda.

Confirming this, an 11-member team of Afghan politicians is expected to travel to Doha by the end of this week for talks with the Taliban, sources said. Abdullah Abdullah, Hamid Karzai, Younus Qanuni, Mohammad Karim Khalili, Mohammad Mohaqqeq, Abdul Salam Rahimi, Abdul Rashid Dostum, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Enayatullah Baligh, and Fatima Gailani are part of the team, sources told Tolo News.

13 / July 2021
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