November 14, 2018
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Direct talks with Taliban likely to kick off in coming weeks, says AHPC

By Khaama Press - Thu Jul 05 2018, 2:08 pm

The Afghanistan High Peace Council (AHPC) says direct talks with the Taliban group will likely kick off in coming weeks amid ongoing efforts to revive peace talks with the group.

The High Peace Council Secretariat Chief Mohammad Akram Khpalwak informed regarding the possible launch of direct talks as he was briefing the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament on Wednesday.

Khpalwak further added that they hope to see a positive outcome regarding the ceasefire and direct talks taking into consideration the national consensus, regional and international support for the reconciliation process.

According to Khpalwak, the recent uprisings for reconciliation, specifically the recent stance announced by Saudi Imams, have created a best opportunity for the peace talks.

He also added that the High Peace Council and government are fully prepared for the peace talks and consider the situation as viable for the peace process.

Khpalwak said the High Peace Council hopes that the Taliban group would respect the demands of the people and Saudi Imams and introduced their authorized representatives for the talks regarding ceasefire and peace process.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the remarks of Khpalwak so far but the group has so far refrained to respond positively to the ongoing efforts for the revival of peace talks.

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