Afghans Assemble in Support of Intra-Afghan Peace Talks

January 17, 2019

Kabul- Several hundreds residents of the Barmal district of southern Paktika province on Thursday staged a big public gathering and voiced their support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process with Taliban.

Speaking to the public gathering tribal elders said, the Afghans have been tired of wars and they wanted lasting peace and stability in their country.

Osman Khan, a tribal leader asked the warring sides to cease fighting and pave the ground for intra-Afghan peace talks.

Another tribal elder, Gul Shiwa Khan, said the Taliban should talk with the Afghan government instead of the US, if they loved their country.

“The the Afghan government is main party to the conflict, so the Taliban should talk with the government for ending this conflict,” he said.

An organizer of the gathering, Ali Mohammad Nazari, also called on the Taliban to talk to the Afghan government and reach an agreement without the involvement of a third party.

The gathering in Paktika comes at a time when efforts and contacts between the US and Taliban representatives are intensified and the US Special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has returned to the region and holding meetings with the leadership of the regional countries.

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