Peace agenda meeting to be held in Dubai
KABUL (Pajhwok): A meeting is scheduled to be held on Saturday in Dubai to set agenda for the second round of reconciliation talks between representatives of Afghan government and the Taliban group, a source said on Friday.
One of the organizers of the meeting told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity the meeting was scheduled on Saturday by Pugwash -- a Canadian-based organisation -- where several prominent figures would meet Taliban representatives.
Mirwais Yasini, Qayum Kochai, Qutb-u-Din Hilal and Sayed Ishaaq Gilani would represent Kabul whereas Taliban representative would be led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, a source added.
Taliban have not officially confirmed taking part in the meeting so far.
One of the participants, who would attend Dubai meeting, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Pugwash had planned second round of Qatar talks after the holy month of Ramadan.
The first round of the non-officials talks were organised in Doha by the Pugwash Council early May.
An eight-member Taliban delegation had taken part in the talks and discussed issues relating to peace and stability in Afghanistan with a 20-member delegation of Afghan government.
Representatives at the 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 had said in a statement.
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