Negotiating team discusses Afghan peace with ‘various strata of Balkh province’, Nov. 1, 2020. [Photo: Ministry of Peace/Khaama Press]

KABUL, Afghanistan – Following a series of consultative meetings on Afghan peace, an online meeting was held Sunday between members of the Afghan Negotiating Team and “different Strata of Balkh province”, said State Ministry for Peace in a statement.

Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, State Minister for Peace and a member of the negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, said the Ministry is a platform for connecting all different sections of society with structures active in the field of peace.

“The ministry is working to connect different strata with the negotiating team so that the people are directly informed about the issues and developments in the peace process,” he said in the statement.

“The questions and issues raised in these meetings are collected and documented and shared with the negotiating team and relevant officials,” Naderi added.

Mohammad Farhad Azimi, Balkh Governor, said Afghan people are at a critical juncture and the only solution is peace, adding an unconditional peace is not acceptable to the people of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Mawlawi Atta-ur-Rahman Saleem, Deputy Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), said those in charge and Afghanistan as a whole should be able to make the most of the current opportunity to resolve the crisis.

“The people of Afghanistan, the countries of the region, the scholars of the Islamic world and the whole world are in a consensus to end the crisis; Therefore, we must now hear more from the people,” he said.

Negotiating team discusses Afghan peace with ‘various strata of Balkh province’, Nov. 1, 2020. [Photo: Ministry of Peace/Khaama Press]

Mohammad Afzal Hadid, head of the Balkh Provincial Council, called for sharing information retrieved form the negotiations with the people, stressing the government and members of the negotiating team have the support of the people in the peace process, according to the statement.  

Referring to the unity and agreement among the members of the negotiating team, Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi said that they are working with the aim of creating a dignified, lasting and real peace.

Last week, a virtual meeting was held Wednesday between members of the Afghan Negotiating Team and members of the United Voice of Afghan Women for Peace Policy (UVAWPP), said State Ministry for Peace in a statement.

“The State Ministry for Peace facilitated the group’s [UVAWPP] activities and the meeting was organized to connect them with the negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” said Alema, Deputy Minister of Human Rights and Civil Society, at the meeting.

Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, State Minister for Peace, including members of the team affirming the statement, said such meetings have been held to widely involve the views and suggestions of women in peace negotiations.

“The Ministry acts as a link between all active structures in the negotiation process as well as the implementation of the agreement and is responsible for facilitating and ensuring the systematic relations of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the people, in which women have a valuable role,” Naderi added.