Shahabuddin Delawar, Taliban Minister of Mines and Petroleum, announced the formation of a commission to convene a Loya Jirga.

The Taliban official did not provide a specific date for the jirga, but stated that all Afghans, particularly influential peace figures, would be invited.

“There will be a Loya Jirga in which all Afghans will participate,” Delawar stated. “The influential Afghans who will be effective for the peace and development of Afghanistan,” he added.

So far, no information on the members of the commission or the Loya Jirga’s date has been disclosed.

The international community also emphasized reconciliation talks as a means of establishing a government that is “acceptable to all Afghans.”

According to the National Resistance Front, the Taliban have formed the Loya Jirga commission and seeking legitimacy and international recognition through this “tribal approach.”

On Monday, May 23, the front tweeted that the Taliban were on the wrong track and that the only way to restore Afghanistan’s international dignity was for the country to resist and form an election-based government.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had previously urged the Taliban to convene a Loya Jirga in order to gain domestic legitimacy and international recognition.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).