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12 countries offer to host intra-Afghan talk: Atmar

12 countries offer to host intra-Afghan talk: Atmar

Jul 16, 2020 - 21:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Twelve countries have offered to host intra-Afghan talks and Qatar is likely to host the start of the dialogue and Kabul is ready to free ordinary 600 Talibaninfo-icon prisoners, a minister said on Thursday.

Addressing reporters here, Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and four international organisatiions hosted two international meetings in the past 10 days.

Important discussions in the meetings evolved around regional development and international consensus on the Afghan peace process, with participants making calls for peace.

During the meetings, the participants agreed over eight points including reduction in violence and condemned continuation of violence, stressed the need for the start of intra-Afghan talks.

The meetings called for protection of the past 19-years achievements, noting that Afghanistaninfo-icon and the region paid y huge price for the war, inclusiveness of peace talks, and admiration of Afghan government peace efforts.

Referring to the US-Taliban agreement, Atmar said: “The Afghan government freed 4,400 Taliban prisoners so far and the remaining 600 have committed serious offenses which no law permit their release.”

He said the Taliban had been stressing over the release of 600 prisoners which the government opposed due to the seriousness of the offenses they had committed, adding that the government was ready to release another ordinary 600 prisoners instead but the Taliban did not respond to this offer.

The Taliban, however, demanded prisoners listed earlier should be freed otherwise intra-Afghan talks would not be started.

Atmar said that regional and international countries during recent meetings offered to host intra-Afghan talks. He, however, did not mention a date for inaugural intra-Afghan talks.

The acting foreign minister said that Germany, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, China, Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Indonesia, Japan and some other nations had offered to host intra-Afghan talks.

He said the hosting offer was not symbolic, adding that there were economic and political pledges as well and this chance should not go in vain.

Atmar said in case of durable peace in the country the international community would announce their multi-dimensional support to Afghanistan in upcoming Geneva Conference.

Referring to Pakistaninfo-icon’s sincerity in peace talks, he said if any nation betrayed their commitment it would lose its credibility. 



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