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PublishDate: Thursday, July 8, 2021 09:54

Taliban, Afghan Leaders in Tehran to Discuss Peace Process

A Taliban delegation led by the group’s negotiator Shir Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai is in Tehran where the delegation met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other senior Iranian officials.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The Taliban delegation is also expected to meet with a group of Afghan politicians, led by former vice president Younus Qanooni, who have travelled there from .

The Taliban’s spokesman in Doha, Mohammad Naeem, on Twitter said that the Taliban delegation will hold talks with the Iranian officials on .

Meanwhile, Qatar's Special Envoy to Afghanistan who arrived in Kabul on Tuesday met a number of senior Afghan political leaders including former president Hamid to discuss how to expedite the stalled talks.

Al-Qahtani also met with other senior political leaders including Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar and Mohammad Karim Khalili, the head of Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami party.

Other officials from Kabul include Karim Khurram, former chief of staff to former President Hamid Karzai, Ershad Ahmadi a close aide of former President Karzai, President Ghani’s adviser Salaam Rahimi, Zahir Wahdat of -e-Wahdat party and Mohammadullah Batash from Junbish party.

The delegation and Iranian officials will discuss the Afghan peace talks.

“We are very proud that we remained alongside our Afghan brothers and sisters during the jihad of the Afghan people against the foreign invasion,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with the Taliban delegation in Tehran.

“The efforts by Iran are focused on promoting regional cooperation regarding the peace process and regional consensus and to pave the way for intra-Afghan talks among Afghan politicians in Doha,” said university lecturer Faiz Mohammad Zaland.

Meanwhile, officials of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) said that the Tehran meeting is a small effort for peace. The HCNR also expressed hope that the Tehran meeting will persuade the Taliban to return to the peace negotiating table.

“The delegation which has travelled to Tehran is a small effort in this situarion, now lets see what comes out of this,” said Assadullah Saadati, deputy head of the .

According to the HCNR, peace negotiators in Doha are also expected to start serious talks about peace in the near future.

“The two sides are expected to talk about some serious issues, but these talks so far have not taken any clear direction,” said Assadullah Saadati, deputy of HCNR.

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