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War no longer bearable for all sides: Ismail Khan

War no longer bearable for all sides: Ismail Khan

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Oct 23, 2019 - 18:38

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Veteran former jihadiinfo-icon commander Ismail Khan hopes the intra-Afghan meeting in China would help open the doors to ‘a real’ peace process in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ismail Khan said the China meeting would probably happen in next two weeks while some sources say the meeting would take place on October 28 and 29.

The former water and energy minister said that the intra-Afghan meeting in China would be participated from 25 to 29 individuals from Kabulinfo-icon including government’s representatives and around 15 Talibaninfo-icon members.

“I hope this meeting would open the door for real peace process,” he said. Ismail Khan said the conference would be intra-Afghan but fundamental issues would not be agreed upon there.

“It would be a push to hold next meetings between Zalmay Khalilzad, the Taliban and the government.”

To a question whether Afghanistan would see a permanent peace or not, Khan said, “You saw major breakthroughs in the peace process and the nine rounds of talks between the Taliban and Khalilzad raised some hopes but the talks were stopped.”

He said peace in Afghanistan could not be anticipated 100 percent as the conflict was a complicated because regional countries were involved in peace talks.

However, he said starting peace talks itself offered optimism. The Afghanistan conflict damaged even other countries involved and the continued war was no longer bearable for the warring sides.

“War is no longer tolerable by the Taliban and the government as huge casualties are forcing all sides to accept peace and work for it,” he said.

The Taliban have also announced they would attend the intra-Afghan conference in China.

Kabir Haqmal, spokesman for the National Security Council (NSC), said that there was no final decision on the Afghan government’s participation in the meeting.

Former president, Hamid Karzai, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Atta Mohammad Noor and Ismail Khan are expected to be among the Afghan delegation.

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