Chairman of the HCNR Abdullah Abdullah (left) discusses progress on its leadership committee with President Ashraf Ghani (second-right), former President Hamid Karzai (second-left) and Jihadi leader Abdurrab Rasul Sayaf on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. [Photo: HCNR/Twitter]

KABUL, Afghanistan – High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR) has finalized members of its leadership committee Sunday, said a spokesman for the council, after critique suggested the body is too slow to enact constructive rule in peace process.

On Friday, the EU Delegation and EU Heads of Mission based in Kabul urged for a “swift establishment and operationalization of the High Council of National Reconciliation, saying the body designated to provide “guidance” to the ongoing peace negotiations.

The committee is expected to hold its first meeting in coming days.

“The finalization of the list of the High Council of National Reconciliation moves at full pace, the council will soon conduct its meeting,” said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, as TOLOnews quoted.

Authorities did not further elaborate on members of the newly set committee, and whether or not women are included, but said the board is composed of at least 46 members. 

“There are 45 to 46 people as members of the leadership council of the High Council of National Reconciliation,” said Mujiburrahmna Rahimi, a spokesman for the HCNR.  

Meanwhile, Chairman of the HCNR Abdullah Abdullah confirming an upcoming meeting of the committee said Monday that he has talked with the president about progresses the body made towards contributing a constructive role on Afghan peace.

“Today I had a constructive meeting with excellencies President @ashrafghani, the former president @KarzaiH, & the Jihadi leader Prof. Abdurrab Rasul Sayaf,” he said in a tweet. “We exchanged views on the #AfghanPeaceProcess, the talks in Doha, & the first meeting of the leadership committee of HCNR.”


In August, President Ashraf Ghani in a formal decree announced the appointment of members of the leadership board of the High Council of National Reconciliation, where former president Hamid Karzai and other prominent politicians were on his list.

But Abdullah’s office at the time said the appointment of the council’s members was the duty of the council itself.