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Formation of team for Taliban talks widely hailed

Formation of team for Taliban talks widely hailed

Mar 28, 2020 - 10:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The US, NATOinfo-icon, EU and Germany have welcomed the introduction of a negotiating team by the government for talks with Talibaninfo-icon.

The US embassy in Kabul said: “We welcome an important step in the AfghanPeaceProcess. These people carry the expectations of the nation on their shoulders.

“We're ready to facilitate their preparation in face-to-face negotiations with the Taliban, to turn the promise of peace into a reality in Afghanistan,” the embassy added.

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted: “I want to congratulate Afghan government, political & civil societyinfo-icon leaders for coming together. They've forged an inclusive negotiating team for talks with the Taliban. The elegation reflects the true tapestry of the nation and the instrumental role of womeninfo-icon.”

Meanwhile, the NATO senior civilian representative (SCR) called the formation of the negotiating team as a crucial step on the road to peace.

He said: “NATO welcomes efforts of Afghans to come together at this pivotal moment and we look forward to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations ASAP to reach a comprehensive peaceful settlement with the Taliban.”

EU special envoy Ronal Kobia also welcomed the delegation’s formation as a key step towards the start of intra-Afghan negotiations as per commitments in the Doha agreement.

“It also positively signals a much-needed agreement & cooperation between the various political forces in Kabul,” said the EU diplomat.

Germany’s special envoy Potzel Markus said his country hailed the formation of the inclusive negotiating team.

“Some of them already gained experience at Doha dialogue in July last year. Five women among these 21 members - not bad. Now, it's time to start intra-AFG negotiations ASAP!”

Afghan government has finalized a 21-member delegation to advance peace talks with the Taliban, a statement said on Friday.

The list of the negotiation team is as below:

Masoom Stanekzai, head of the delegation 2. Fatima Gilani 3. Nader Nadery 4. Abdul Mateen Bek 5. Fawzia Koofi 6.  Zarar Ahmad Moqbel 7. Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal 8.  Mohammad Rasool Talib 9. Habiba Sarabi 10.  Ghairat baheer 11.  Mohammad Hafeez Mansoor 12.  Gholam Farooq Majroh 13. Mawlawi Enayatullah Baligh 14.  Batur Dostum 15.  Kalimullah Naqibi 16.  Mohammad Nateqi 17.  Ayoob Ansari 18.  Shahla Fareed 19.  Sharifa Zormati 20.  Khaled Noor 21. Amin Ahmadi



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