Majority of the Afghan lawmakers on Wednesday opposed with the opening of the Taliban political office in Qatar, and urged United Nations to assist the the government of Afghanistan in Afghan-led peace process.
The parliament of Afghanistan in a statement said they do not recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and called the peace talks without the leadership of Afghan government as vicious.
Afghan parliament in a statement cited by Mohammad Noor Akbari, deputy for the international affairs commission in Afghan parliament said, “Establishment of any liaison representative office without the address of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is against the national and international regulations and is unacceptable.”
The statement further added, “The government of Afghanistan must have the leadership of all peace talks and the reconiliation process should be led by Afghans. The parliament of Afghanistan urges United Nations to assist and support Afghan peace process led by Afghans.”
This comes as Taliban representatives on Tuesday opened its political office in Qatar in the absence of Afghan government officials, and did not express any tendency to hold talks with government of Afghanistan.
United States and Taliban group representatives following the establishment of political said that direct peace negotiations will be resumed in the near future.
In the meantime Afghan lawmakers expressed concerns regarding statement from the address of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and called it an alterantive to the government of Afghanistan, which will create questions regarding the legitimacy of the current political system in the country.
Afghan high peace council also said that a delegation of the Afghan officials should visit Qatar to hold talks with the Taliban representatives.
On the other hand political analysts criticized the government of Afghanistan for being negligent on Afghan peace talks which led to the absence of government representatives during the opening of Taliban political office in Qatar.