Afghan Gov't Picks Delegates To Meet Taliban In Qatar
The Afghan government on Tuesday finalized a list of delegates, including women, for peace talks with the Taliban later this month
Shah Hussain Murtazawi, deputy spokesman of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, released a list of 250 politicians, government officials and civil society activists to hold talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha.
It is going to be a second interaction between the Afghan government and the Taliban past two months. A relatively smaller in size but high profile informal delegation led by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai met the Taliban in Russia's capital Moscow in early February.
"No one will partake in the conference [in Doha] as a representative of the Kabul administration.
Just like the previous Moscow Conference, any individual who is part of the Kabul administration and is listed as a participant will only participate in a personal capacity and share personal views", Zabihullah Mujahed, the Taliban spokesman, said earlier in April.
"The quickest way to prevent casualties is to agree on a ceasefire. Taliban senior leadership should allow their representatives to come to the table and discuss. I will continue to press the case", he said on Tuesday.
The U.S.-led talks are aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan.