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Wolesi Jirga not consulted on govt negotiating team

Wolesi Jirga not consulted on govt negotiating team

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Nov 13, 2019 - 18:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday decided to determine its position regarding the peace process and summoned the state minister for peace to brief the lower house on formation of a government delegation for talks in China.

A meeting between Afghan government representatives, politicians and Talibaninfo-icon members is expected to be held in China in near future. However, an exact date for the meeting is yet to be announced.

The Afghan government has also not yet decided whether or not to attend the meeting in Beijing, but some sources say the government delegation would be comprised of 27 government representatives and a number of politicians.

According to reports, Salam Rahimi, state minister for peace affairs, Mohammad Anwar, Logar governor, Qasim Halimi, deputy justice minister, Matin Baig, head of Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Zarar Ahmad Moqbil, former foreign minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, former National Security Advisor are among the delegates.

Mir Ahmad Afzali, a lawmaker from Kapisa province, told today’s session that only the Wolesi Jirga had the legitimacy in current situation but the house had been excluded from the peace process.

He called for determining the lower house’s position on important national issues, particularly the peace process.

Humayon Shahidzada, a lawmaker from Farah province, also emphasized on determination of the lower house position on the peace process and said the house should not let the process to be misused.

He also said a number of Wolesi Jirga members should be part of the negotiating delegation.

Halima Sadaf Karimi, a lawmaker from Jawzjan province, held similar views and said besides male representatives, a woman lawmaker should be also included in the delegation.

She said the Wolesi Jirga had not been offered any explanation about the expected meeting with Taliban representatives in China.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani also said he had not been contacted about the China meeting.

He directed security and international affairs commission of the house to summon Salam Rahimi, state minister for peace affairs, to provide explanation about the negotiating team.

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