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Qatar meeting’s recommendations not binding: Stanikzai

Qatar meeting’s recommendations not binding: Stanikzai

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Jul 09, 2019 - 18:37

DOHA (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon delegation’s head Mullahinfo-icon Abbas Stanikzai on Tuesday said the two-day meeting between their representatives and Afghan officials in Qatar was not formal and its decisions were unlikely to be implemented.

He expressed these views at the end of the intra-Afghan talks while talking to journalists Monday night in Qatar.

The meeting initiated, jointly by Germany and Qatar, was attended by 60 people in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Sunday and Monday.

A 17-member Taliban delegation and Afghan civil society activists, right activists, women representatives and prominent political figures from Afghanistaninfo-icon and Europe participated in the meeting.

The meeting was ended with the release of an eight-article resolution letter in which the warring sides were asked to reduce violence.

Mullah Stanikzai, Taliban’s head for its Qatar delegation, said the Doha gathering was a conference, not an intra-Afghan dialogue, thus its decisions were non-binding.

He said all the sides shared their views and concerns at the meeting and no decisions were made that should be implemented.

“These decisions are implementable when an intra-Afghan dialogue is held and the governance, womeninfo-icon rights, educationinfo-icon and other issues are discussed,” he said.

In response to a question, he said the suggestions of the meeting should be tried by all sides to implement them but these ideas were not final that had to be implemented or watched by observers. Stanikzai said practical decisions required more meetings.

About their negotiations with the US, he said they would share information with media once they finalized a draft agreement with the US side.

He said participants of the two-day all-Afghan talks also discussed media and freedom of speech. Media’s information should be accurate and balanced, he concluded.

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