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Criticism Mounts on Ghani’s Approach on Peace Team

Criticism Mounts on Ghani’s Approach on Peace Team

KABUL – Critics on Tuesday criticized President Ashraf Ghani’s approach on the formation of the peace negotiating team, saying that postponement in this regard depicts that there is a lack of will on proceeding with the peace process.
Earlier in July, the State Minister for Peace Affairs, Abdul Salam Rahimi, had mentioned that discussions had started on the formation of a 15-member peace negotiating team.
“The president of Afghanistan does not have the will for peace with the Taliban ahead of [presidential] elections to safeguard his throne,” said MP Ali Akbar Jamshidi.
“One of Mr. Khalilzad’s points was that the Taliban came up with a powerful and experienced delegation in a short time, but this side (the Afghan government) has failed to come up with a serious step,” Gul Rahman Qazi, a university lecturer, opined.
Meanwhile, the US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad, who recently wrapped up the ninth round of talks with the Taliban in Doha, criticized the Afghan government for not finalizing the peace negotiating team that may enter into direct talks with Taliban.
Talking to TOLOnews, Mr. Khalilzad said the United States and the Taliban have reached an agreement ‘in principle’ and the document is closed but clarified that it will be finalized when it is approved by President Trump.
“What is needed is related to Afghans. Unfortunately, an inclusive and powerful delegation has not been formed by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” Khalilzad said.
The Presidential Palace said the government has finalized the peace negotiating team and the high council of reconciliation.
“Our delegation is ready to enter the second phase and begin the negotiations,” presidential spokesperson, Sediq Sediqqi, said.
In April, President Ghani’s former Special Envoy and former head of the High Peace Council’s Secretariat, Mohammad Umer Daudzai had said that the newly-established Reconciliation Leadership Council would create a “unified and clear” stance on the peace process.
(Sahar News)

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