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Afghan delegation for Taliban talks likely to be finalized next week: HPC

15 May 2019 1TV News

2019-05-15 | 16 minute ago

The composition of delegation from Afghanistan for talks with the Taliban in Qatar will most likely be finalized next week, High Peace Council said on Wednesday.

Last month, a peace meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society in Doha was postponed after objection to the size and composition of a 250-member Afghan delegation.

Asadullah Zayeri, the deputy spokesman for HPC, said that a new delegation will be formed next week.

Earlier, the consultative Loya Jirga on peace recommended that the size of Afghan delegation for Taliban talks should not exceed 50 members.

Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the deputy spokesman for the president, also said that this time a team, not an army, will be formed for talks with the Taliban.

US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad has held six rounds of talks with the Taliban. The sides have cited progress on troop withdrawal and preventing Afghanistan from being used by terrorist groups. However, violence continues.

“The current pace of talks isn’t sufficient when so much conflict rages and innocent people die. We need more and faster progress. Our proposal for all sides to reduce violence also remains on the table,” Khalilzad said after latest round of Taliban talks.

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