Qatar meeting calls Daesh alien in one voice
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representatives at informal talks in Qatar “wholeheartedly supported the idea of peace and ending the conflict in Afghanistan,” but disagreement over foreign troops clouded the prospects of a ceasefire, Pugwash Council said on Monday.
“The civilian casualties in the Afghan conflict were lamented by everybody (participants), even though differences may exist on who bears the main responsibility,” the Canadian-based organisation that organised the two-day non-official meeting in the Gulf state said in a statement.
An eight-member Taliban delegation took part in the talks and discussed issues relating to peace and stability in Afghanistan with a 20-member delegation of Afghan government.
At the meeting, the role of foreign troops was evaluated and the participants were of the opinion that the troops should leave the country soon, added the statement.
The participants agreed to reopening Taliban’s office in Doha and removing the names of some Taliban leaders from the UN blacklist in order to facilitate the peace process.
Corruption and production of drugs were called among the most serious problems of Afghanistan, the statement said.
The participants agreed in one voice that the so-called Islamic State or Daesh group was alien to the Afghan traditions and in general, it was agreed the peace process should be speeded up.
The statement said it was made clear on the participants in the beginning that the meeting was not supposed to be any sort of negotiation and they did not represent any institution or group.
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