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Peace Talks: Afghan Delegation to Leave Kabul for Doha Today

Kabul (BNA) The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan negotiating team will leave Kabul on Tuesday (today) for Doha where they are set to resume peace talks with the Taliban after a three-week break.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the Head and members of the peace negotiating delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Sunday evening at the Presidential Palace, a statement said yesterday.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Head of the delegation shared the report about the meetings of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan delegation with various strata of the Afghan people including women, representatives of the National Assembly, youth and civil society, and that their observations will be taken into account in the second round of peace talks, the presidential palace statement added.

President Ghani expressed gratitude to the negotiating delegation for effectively representing the government of Afghanistan in the first phase of negotiations, according to the statement.

Thanking the delegation for meeting with the different strata of the Afghan people, President Ghani added that views of the Afghan people, the Consultative Peace Loya Jirga and the Constitution determines the scope of authorities and agenda of the negotiating delegation.

Addressing the negotiating delegation, President Ghani, as quoted in the statement, said that the government and people of Afghanistan support and expect the delegation to negotiate in light of the Constitution and observations of the Afghan people, for these negotiations to be succeeded.
Recalling the successful international experience in the peace talks, President Ghani assured full support of the government to the negotiating team and wished them success in the next round of peace talks.

Meanwhile, the government peace-negotiating team’s departure for Qatar, scheduled for Monday, has been delayed to Tuesday (today) for technical reasons.

According to sources in the State Ministry for Peace and a member of the negotiating team, the trip to Doha had been delayed due to technical issues.

Fauzia Kofi, who is part of the negotiating team, told reporters in Kabul they would travel to Doha on Tuesday for the second phase of talks.

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