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Norway talks discussed women’s rights: source

Norway talks discussed women’s rights: source

Jun 06, 2015 - 18:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan delegation shared its concerns about womeninfo-icon’s rights with Talibaninfo-icon representatives during their informal talks in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, a source said on Saturday.

A day earlier, the Taliban confirmed their representatives had concluded two days of informal talks with a group of Afghan female lawmakers and peace negotiators in Oslo.

A source privy to the talks told Pajhwok Afghan News Mulavi Shahabuddin, Shahin and Abbas Stanikzai participated in the talks on behalf of the Taliban.

Lawmakers Shukria Barakzai, Fawzia Kofi, Gulalai Noor Safi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s advisor Habiba Surabi and High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) members Hawa Alam Nuristani and Sediqa Balkh were part of the informal dialogue.

The talks mostly focused on topics about women and the Afghan delegates shared their concerns about women’s rights with the Taliban representatives, the source said.

The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in an email had confirmed the meetings, which he said were aimed obtain views from different groups.

He said the group wanted to hear suggestions and views from every Afghan and also to convey their own policies to others. Mujahid insisted the meetings with different groups could not be recognised as peace talks.


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