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Senators hope Istanbul peace huddle to bear fruit

Senators hope Istanbul peace huddle to bear fruit

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Jan 14, 2018 - 19:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house of Parliament on Sunday welcomed the ongoing peace huddle in Turkey and asked Kabul to brief the visiting UNSC delegation on the real picture and Pakistaninfo-icon’s interference in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A three-day quadrilateral intra-Afghan peace dialogue began on Saturday in the Turkish capital Istanbul, to find a negotiated end to the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan, a reliable source said.

A participant of the meeting confided to Pajhwok Afghan News the gathering initiated on Saturday would last three days (until Monday).

The source, wishing anonymity, also shared a few photos of the gathering with Pajhwok, saying the peace dialogue was arranged in cooperation with the Turkish government.

He said Taliban’s Qatar Office members, Mullah Mohammad Rassoul splinter faction members, the Afghan government representatives and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) members were attending the huddle.

But the HIA and the Talibaninfo-icon spokesmen said individuals presenting them in Turkey were not their representatives.

Mualvi Muhiuddin Munsif, a lawmaker from central Kapisa province, said the Istanbul meeting was a result of HIA mediation between the Taliban and the government.

“Hopefully the meeting will produce results and become source of peace in the country,” he said.

Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, first deputy speaker, welcomed the meeting and added every peace effort with the consent of the Afghan government and the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) would help the peace process.

UN Security Council delegation

Earlier in the day a high-level delegation of the United Nations Security Council arrived in Kabul on a formal visit, a government official said on Sunday.

A well-placed source in the national unity government (NUG) told Pajhwok Afghan News the delegation reached Kabul on Saturday afternoon.

Ezidyar said the UN delegation had arrived in Kabul on the basis of two main complaints.

He said the Afghan government had registered complaints against Pakistan’s artillery shelling inside Afghanistan and terrorist safe havens on the other side of the Durand Lineinfo-icon.

He asked the government to get full advantage of the UN security delegation visit and inform them about interference of Pakistan and security situation in the country. He said the visiting delegation would meet political leadership of the country.

Gul Ahmad Azami, a lawmaker from Farah province, asked the government to fully brief the delegation about the security situation of the country.

Lawmaker Mohammad Rahim Hussainyar said the UN delegation visit was a good chance for the Afghan government to expose Pakistan’s real face to the worldinfo-icon.

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