Abdullah: Taliban Should Stop Making Excuses And Enter Into Talks

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, said that the Taliban should reciprocate the goodwill shown by the the people and government of Afghanistan, and agree for the intra-Afghan peace talks to start.

Abdullah met with members of the board of the Peace Advisory Loya Jirga on Monday, and called the Loya Jirga the true will of the Afghan people.

He added that the resolution of the Jirga, a collective decision of the Afghan people that will be used by the government’s peace negotiating committee.

He stressed that no decision would be taken against the collective interests of the citizens.

Delay in intra-Afghan talks

Earlier, state television, RTA, had reported that the intra-Afghan talks would begin on Aug. 16, in Doha, Qatar.

However, the delegation is yet to depart from Afghanistan, and news has emerged of delays.

Some Afghan government sources have also been quoted as saying that the intra-Afghan talks had been delayed indefinitely, either due to the Taliban’s release of prisoners not in accordance to the government’s list, or the Afghan government’s failure to complete the release of the remaining Taliban prisoners.

17 / August 2020
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