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PublishDate: Monday, January 4, 2021 09:15

Ghani Assures Peace Negotiators of Govt’s Full Support

President Ashraf Ghani met with Afghan Republic negotiators on Sunday evening and assured them of the government’s full support, says the Presidential Palace.

Afghan voice agency (AVA)_The negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will leave for on Monday to begin the next round of the negotiations on Jan. 5.

The first round of the talks continued for three months, with the Republic and Taliban negotiators agreeing on procedural rules for the talks and sharing verbally their demands for agenda points with each other.

representing the Afghan republic said that the next round of talks will mainly focus on ending the violence and the structure of a future government.

In this meeting, chief negotiators Masoom Stanekzai briefed the president on their meetings with different layers of society and said they heard views of the National Assembly representatives, representatives of women, youth and on peace so that they can better represent them in the second round of the negotiations.

Ghani expressed appreciation of the negotiators' representation in the first round of the talks and said the views of different layers of Afghan society, the advice of the , and the Constitution defines the authorities and the agenda of the peace negotiating team.

He said that the government and the people of Afghanistan are supporting the negotiators and expect them to continue the talks in light of the and the people’s views.

The negotiators said that people’s views and experiences will be a good guideline for them in the next round of talks.

The negotiating team held three meetings with the leadership committee of the High Council for National Reconciliation during their 23-day break that was aimed at further discussions around the next steps in the process.

The peace negotiations are expected to resume as violence remains high in the country, raising concerns about the future of the process.

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