Afghanistan, Taliban resume fresh talks
Amid the Taliban's growing offensive in Afghanistan, the delegations of the Afghan government and the Taliban began a fresh round of talks on 17 July 2021 in Qatar. Addressing a conference in the Qatari capital of Doha, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah said to achieve peace, there is a need for flexibility from both sides.
- Afghans want the continuation of the world's support to the peace process... Afghanistan still needs reconstruction and it needs 'constructive' ties with the region and the world.
- The Taliban said that despite a lack of progress in intra-Afghan negotiations, there is a need to keep the hope and that they will make efforts to make the talks a success.
- To ensure Afghanistan's prosperity, there is a need for a central and independent Islamic system. To achieve this we should ignore our personal interests.
- Earlier this week, local reports had suggested that that Kabul would send a high-ranking delegation.
- The delegation includes former President Hamid Karzai and head of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, to Qatar's Doha.
- In recent weeks, Afghanistan has witnessed a spike in violence. Taliban have stepped up offensive since the foreign forces began to withdraw from the country in May.
- The US AND NATO forces will complete military drawdown till the end of August.