New developments Reported over Intra Afghan peace talks

New developments Reported over Intra Afghan peace talks

The Afghan government and the Taliban formed on Sunday working groups to take dialogue forward, a day after they began their first direct talks to end nearly two decades of fighting.

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council of National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, told a press conference in Doha, Qatar that both Kabul and the insurgents could emerge as "winners" by keeping the door of negotiations open.

He argued for a “significant” reduction in violence, followed by a temporary, and an eventual permanent cease-fire.

“It would be miscalculation to think that causing more casualties would make people more hopeful about peace. Increasing the casualties is not a solution,” he said.

The Afghan government’s top negotiator, Mohammad Massoum Stanikzai, said the two sides have reached "some primary agreements" on moving to agenda-setting and principles for in-depth negotiations.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem said the group's deputy chief, Mullah Baradar, and chief negotiator Mawlawi Abdul Hakeem Haqqani, met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to discuss the peace process.