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PublishDate: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 14:58

Deborah Lyons to meet Khalilzad in Qatar

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Deborah Lyons, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is due to arrive in Qatar Today to discuss efforts to accelerate the peace process with the Afghan government and the Taliban, sources told Reuters.

Zalmay Khalilzad has recently traveled to Doha following his trip to Pakistan, he has been visiting the region to push the Biden administration’s plans for peace that also includes interim government.

Qatari officials, Lyons and Khalilzad are expected to meet in Doha, sources told Reuters.

According to Reuters, the meetings are crucial as it decides the fate of peace talks to whether continue or be under a moratorium.

This comes as the Russian ambassador, invited Afghan officials to participate in a peace meeting to be hosted in Moscow by next week.

Media outlets in Afghanistan reported that in a leaked letter Kabulov indicated that the meeting will be held on March 18 and it will include Afghan officials, politicals and Taliban representatives.

Among the invited politicians are Sayed Mansur Naderi, Marshal Dostum, former president Hamid Karzai, Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, Karim Khalili, and Younus Qanooni.

Two representatives from the government and two from High Council for National Reconciliations are also invited.

Moscow also have sent their invitation to invite five Taliban representatives and numer of political leaders, Sergey Lavrov Russia’s Foreign Minister is expected to inaugrate the meeting.

This meeting also aims at accelerating the peace process to end conflict in Afghanistan.

Qatari envoys will also be participating in the meeting as “proud guests”, the letter read.

This coincides with the efforts being conducted by Washington to push the for a quick result.

One slight mistake in these hasty moves can endanger Afghanistan, its gains, and the future of the nation.

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