Qatar’s Special Envoy To Afghanistan In Kabul; Meets 2nd Vice-President, Foreign Minister
Special Envoy of Qatar’s Foreign Minister for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani arrived in Kabul on Tuesday where he met a number of senior Afghan political leaders including former president Hamid Karzai to discuss how to expedite the stalled Doha peace talks.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The visit of the Special Envoy to Kabul comes as a group of politicians led by Abdullah Abdullah postponed a trip to Qatar for talks with the Taliban following an unprecedented escalation of Taliban attacks.
In fact, second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh met with -Qahtani, to discuss the peace process. Danesh appreciated Qatar for hosting the Afghan peace negotiations over the past two years, and said that violence caused by Taliban attacks has discredited the peace process. added that the Afghan people are tired of war and violence and are waiting for the peace process to achieve a result; however, if the Taliban want to rule militarily, the people will never surrender to them.
Danesh highlighted that the Afghan government has implemented all necessary measures to advance the peace negotiations, from releasing prisoners to deploying negotiation team to , but the Taliban not only left the negotiating table, but also emphasize on increasing violence and escalating war. Danesh warned that if the Taliban fail to comply with the peace talks and resort to violence, war and violence will continue in a different way, adding that reducing violence to build trust and accept a political solution to the Afghan issue is one of the basic principles for the peace talks, and all ethnic groups in the country want a just and lasting peace. Danesh also said that the Afghan government respects and emphasized the mediating role of Qatar and UN for the continuation of meaningful talks, in order to advance the process and break the deadlock. Given the importance of Qatar’s role in the peace process, Danesh stressed on the continued efforts by Qatar to help resume the talks and bring this process to a result.
Al-Qahtani explained the peace talks process in Doha and emphasized the need to resolve the Afghan issue through negotiations. Al-Qahtani added that his government and he himself told Taliban representatives that the group cannot control the fate of the Afghan people through war and violence, and that there is no military solution to the conflict. Noting that political and security elements are involved in achieving peace in Afghanistan, Al-Qahtani stressed on the importance of participating in political power to end the war, and added that the continuation of war will have negative consequences for the regional and neighboring countries of Afghanistan. Al-Qahtani assured Danesh that Qatar has no secret agenda for the Afghan peace talks, but it’s trying to help both sides to continue constructive talks in this sensitive situation.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar also met A-Qahtani. In addition to discussing his visit agenda to Kabul, Al-Qahtani reiterated Qatar’s commitment to supporting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process. Atmar thanked Qatar for hosting and facilitating the Afghan peace process, and emphasized the need on Islamic scholars’ role in convincing the Taliban to stop violence and return to the negotiating table.
Atmar also talked about the security and political developments in the country, and added that an increase in Taliban violence and its continued ties with foreign fighters and international terrorist groups are in contrary to the commitments of the Doha peace agreement. Atmar spoke of the goodwill and commitment of the Afghan government to find a political solution and fulfill its responsibilities for the success of the peace talks, including the release of over 6,000 Taliban prisoners, despite not being a party to the Doha agreement. Al-Qahtani stressed on the importance of a halt in violence to help resume the negotiations and find a political solution for the success of the peace talks.
Meanwhile, Taliban’s political office spokesman reported that a Taliban delegation, led by deputy chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, traveled to Iran at the official invitation by Tehran, to discuss bilateral issues. Naeem added that the delegation will meet some Afghan figures today, to discuss the current situation and the need to resolve problems through negotiations. Tolo News reported that former Vice President Mohammad Younus Qanuni is leading the Afghan figures, who have traveled to Iran to meet Taliban delegation. The report added that close aides to former President Hamid Karzari, Mohammad Karim Khurram and Ershad Ahmadi, President Ghani’s Advisor Abdul Salam Rahimi, Hizb-e Wahdat-e Islami Mardom-e Afghanistan member Zahir Wahdat, and Jubish-e Milli Party member MohammadullahBatash are in the delegation.