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Afghan Delegation Set to Hold Second Round of Talks with Taliban in Qatar

(Last Updated On: March 18, 2019)

An 80-member Afghan delegation is expected to hold the second round of talks with the Taliban representatives in Doha, the capital of Qatar next month.

Former President Hamid Karzai would be leading the delegation which is comprised of Afghan politicians, former Jihadi leaders, and political & civil activists.

Some members of the delegation said that the government has also been asked to introduce its team of negotiators, but the president has not responded positively.

“Preparation has been made for the meeting in Qatar so that U.S. and the Taliban reach into a final agreement with Afghans to find a lasting solution in Afghanistan,” said Ahmadullah Alizai, a former presidential advisor.

The representatives of the U.S. and some other countries including Qatar are also expected to attend this round of intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha.

According to Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the intra-Afghan negotiation is part of the going peace talks between the United States and the Taliban.

The second Taliban-Afghan politicians’ meeting was scheduled to be held for two days on March 26, but it was delayed after the fifth round of U.S.-Taliban meeting lasted for 16 days.

It comes as the Afghan politicians have held first of their talks with the Taliban in Moscow in February, where the two sides released a declaration in which outlined a nine-point approach to reaching into an intra-Afghan dialogue to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

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