Afghan delegation led by the head of High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah met with US special envoy to Afghan peace process Zalmai Khalilzad yesterday evening.
Both sides discussed the Afghan peace process and are purportedly set to brief media.
The Afghan delegation arrived in the Qatari capital Doha and shortly after arrival met with the Afghan government peace delegation based in the city. The Abdullah-led team is reportedly meeting the Taliban delegation this afternoon.
The Afghan government delegation includes Atta Muhammad Noor, Karim Khalili, Bator Dustom, Abdulsalaam Rahimi, Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi, Fatima Gailani, and Ataullah Lodin.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai was also part of the team but he refused to visit Doha at the very last minute in Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul. Karzai reasoned that he is supporting the delegation and considered the team as the most powerful in terms of authority.
Earlier, Hamid Karzai had said the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan is changing and the most promising and meaningful peace talks are to take place in the coming days.
Figures aware from the Afghan peace process say the most powerful delegation is sent to Doha which will result in promising results.
On the other hand, Pakistan has lately invited a team of 31 Afghan leaders to attend a special conference on Afghanistan which has not been given a green signal by the Afghan government yet.