Afghan Taliban to hold talks with Government

Afghan Taliban to hold talks with Government

KABUL - An Afghan delegation is expected to hold talks with Taliban commanders in the next few days, a senior Taliban commander, Sayed Akbar Afgha, said on Monday, TOLO News has reported.

However he did not give details as to where the meeting would take place or who would represent the Taliban.

“The host country says that at least seven or eight Taliban officials will attend the meeting, but there is no exact information about the names of Taliban commanders who are expected to take part in the talks,” said Afghan.

This comes in the wake of the Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) Mohammad Karim Khalili’s arrival in Indonesia where he will hold discussions with high-ranking officials including President Joko Widodo.

The Indonesian embassy in Kabul said on Monday the Afghan delegation would be in the country from November 19 to 25.

“The purpose of the visit is to have exchange of views and share lessons learnt, and reinforce both countries’ experience dealing with peace process, reconciliation efforts and reintegration mechanism. Indonesia could share its experiences dealing with armed conflict, such as in Aceh Province, and communal conflict such as in Ambon, Moluccas Province,” read a press release issued by the Indonesian embassy in Kabul. 

An official from the HPC meanwhile confirmed a ten-member HPC delegation has left for Indonesia where they will try to pave the way for a direct talks with the Taliban.

Meanwhile, General John Nicholson the commander of US-Forces in Afghanistan has warned that the Afghan security and US forces will suppress the Taliban unless the group endorses the peace process.

If Taliban does not come to the peace talks tables the security forces and coalition will continue to fight them, he said.

Reacting to the report, some lawmakers in parliament said that any channel for peace talks with the Taliban is crucial.

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