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Only govt legitimate representative of Afghans: MoFA

Only govt legitimate representative of Afghans: MoFA

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May 05, 2015 - 15:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Following Talibaninfo-icon’s demand to recognize their Qatar’s office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a guarded reaction has said the Afghan government is the sole representative of people and will not accept separate entity in foreign countries.

Taliban demanded a recognized office for themselves to continue the peace process in a statement that followed the two days talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

The conference titled “Afghan dialogue” on Saturday and Sunday was organized in Doha by a Canadian based organization, Pugwash Council.

A number of political parties’ leaders, lawmakers and civil societyinfo-icon activists from Afghanistaninfo-icon attended the conference.

Back in 2013 Taliban opened an office in Doha, the capital of Qatar, but was closed following strong condemnation by the then government of Hamid Karzai.

Afghan government officials were invited to the conference but, they did not attend it.

MOFA Spokesman Shekib Mustagani said the conference was an informal interaction that was why the government officials did not attend.

He said Afghan government stance regarding Taliban’s office was clear, adding that efforts were underway to initiate tangible peace talks with insurgents.

Ismail Qasimyar, the high peace councilinfo-icon advisor on international affairs, said Taliban extended demand for an office in Qatar but no decision had been taken in this regard as of yet.

He said the government should accept some demands of the Taliban if it wanted to establish peace and stability in the country.

Earlier, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had said establishment of peace and stability was government top priority and steps were on to woo government opponents for talks.

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