Afghan delegation to meet Taliban in Doha

Afghanistan government has said that a list of 250 delegates including 52 women has been finalized for talks with the Taliban group in Qatar. The list which has been released by the government reaches to 250 people including 150 members introduced by the government, while the rest of them were introduced by political parties and other relevant and civil society organizations.
“The list includes representatives of political parties, political figures, jihadi faces, victim families, High Peace Council (HPC), Ulama Council, national assembly, civil society organizations, women networks, youth, journalists, government officials and tribal elders,” said Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesperson to presidential office.
The intra-Afghan dialogue has been slated for April 19-21 in Doha to find a negotiated settlement to Afghanistan’s ongoing war and violence.
Names of a number of key figures such as Mohammad Ismail Khan, Ata Mohammad Noor and Younus Qanooni are also in the list, but close aides to former president Hamid Karzai and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and their names are not seen in the list. From among 18 presidential candidates, the name of Hanif Atmar is in the list. The intra-Afghan dialogue attended by delegates from Afghanistan and representatives of the Taliban group will be held after the fifth round of the direct peace talks between US delegates led by Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives of the Taliban group.
US special peace envoy for Afghanistan has hoped that the current year will be a year of peace and it is time to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Taliban has also made preparation for the intra-Afghan dialogue set to be held in Qatar this weekend. In a statement, the group said it would send a 25-member delegates including a number of women to Doha meeting.
Women will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation for talks this month with US officials and Afghan representatives in Qatar on the future of Afghanistan, the statement released by Taliban has said. “There will be women among Taliban delegation members in the Doha, Qatar meeting,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s main spokesman, told media.
He did not named the women, but added: “These women have no family relationship with the senior members of the Taliban, they are ordinary Afghans, from inside and outside the country, who have been supporters and part of the struggle of the Taliban.”
Now, the question is that will the meeting end with any positive result? An Afghan political expert Ahmad Sayedi believes that a list of 250 delegates announced by Afghanistan government will deliver various visions and such visions cannot deliver a unified vision to the Taliban.
It is worth mentioning that Taliban key members met for the first time a delegation of Afghanistan political parties and power brokers in Moscow in February, but the meeting did not include representatives of Afghanistan government.
Lailuma Noori

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