Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-1514218The Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar officials have said they will consider an invitation to the proposed peace talks likely to take place in the first week of March.

A senior leader of the party based in Pakistan has said they have not received any formal invitation for the direct talks so far, a local newspaper reported.

The senior leader, Dr. Ghairat Baheer, said Hezb-e-Islami party gives importance to the statements delivered by President Ghani and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbni, mentioning Hezb-e-Islami and showing interest to include the party in peace talks.

He said consultation at the party level is underway and a final decision will be made once a formal invitation has been received.

Meanwhile, the Taliban group’s political office in Qatar said Wednesday that they are unaware of the proposed peace talks but they insisted on the group’s preconditions to sit-in for peace talks.

Pakistan has offered to host the first round of direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives following the conclusion of the fourth round of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting on Tuesday.

“The QCG member states invite all Taliban and other groups to participate through their authorized representatives in the first round of direct peace talks with the Afghan government expected to take place by the first week of March 2016,” according to a joint statement by QCG.

The statement further added that the fifth round of the QCG meeting will take place in Islamabad immediately after the first round of direct peace talks.

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