“On Saturday 23/01/2016 members of the Political Office of Islamic Emirate will participate at a conference convened by Pugwash international NGO in the capital city of Qatar, Doha.” States a statement released by the group’s spokesperson on Friday.
The press release further states they are participating in this conference based on the invitation of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning group focused on resolving conflict.
“It has once again invited the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to take part in a new conference aimed at finding a solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.” The statement adds.
“The Islamic Emirate has accepted this invitation and members of its political office shall take part in the research conference.”
Besides Taliban, Afghan government, members of parliament and civil society were also invited but government and High Pease Council have rejected sending official mediators to the conference.
Shakib Mostaghni, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has told BBC that four nations are already working on resuming the stalled peace talks with Taliban so the government does not deem the Doha conference appropriate.