UNAMA on Tuesday welcomed the return of negotiators to Doha and the organization looks forward to a speedy resumption of talks between the negotiating teams.

According to the statement, the negotiators are valuable in helping to reach a lasting peace and end the violence, negotiators are facing daunting challenges and more work remains to be done.

Both teams cooperated well in the first round of the talks and made genuine progress as they have agreed on a code of conduct for future negotiations and exchanged draft agenda item, the statement read.

“I urge both sides to use this opportunity to move ahead to create the conditions for a reduction in violence that will end further loss of Afghan lives and reach a political settlement that is acceptable to all segments of Afghan society,” said Deborah Lyons, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. 

The statement quoted Debora, “A cessation in fighting would create a better atmosphere for talks, provide hope to the people, and allow humanitarian actors to deliver much-needed winter assistance to Afghans across the whole country.”

United Nations will remain in close contact and ready to support negotiating parties as the second round of peace is set to soon begin in Doha, Qatar.

This comes as the Peace negotiating team from the republic side left for Qatar, Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi indicated the negotiators held 86 meetings with different layers of Afghan society during the break, and the top demands of the Afghans are nationwide ceasefire and peace.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the lead body of negotiators expressed his hope that both sides of negotiating teams would reach a result that represents the overall demands of the Afghan people.

Chief negotiator Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai said he hopes that both sides of the negotiations reach a result that represents the demands of the Afghan people.

A permanent end should be put to bloodshed in the country, he added.

As the team left for Doha, US special envoy to Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad met with Jihadi Leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayaf in Kabul on Tuesday.


  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.