Loya Jirga will not discuss interim government: Afghan peace council

  • Date of Publication : 25/02/2019 at 10:04 GMT
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The consultative Loya Jirga on peace which is expected to be held in Kabul next month will not discuss interim government, a top official at Afghanistan’s High Peace Council said on Monday.

The gathering is expected to draw around 2,000 people from all spectrums of society will be held between 17 March and 20 March, Umer Daudzai, head of secretariat of HPC, said adding it could be extended for another two days.

The official said that the gathering’s main aim is to reach a national consensus on negotiations mechanism and determining fundamental lines for peace with the Taliban.

Of the 2,000 people to attend the gathering, 30 percent are expected to be women, he said. 1,100 participants will be from provinces while 900 will be from the capital and national institutions including the media representatives.

US and the Taliban have held four rounds of talks are meeting for fifth round in Qatar today (Monday). Taliban have so far refused to negotiate with the Afghan government.

Daudzai said that the Taliban-US talks are expected to facilitate Taliban-Kabul talks.

He welcomed Taliban deputy chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s travel from Pakistan to Qatar to join peace talks.

“I hope that Mullah Baradar makes maximum use of his intellectual independence and makes decisions quickly as he leads Taliban talks with US in Qatar,” Daudzai said.

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